Mount Ida College to Host Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow Kevin Powers

February 6, 2014, Newton, MAMount Ida College will host Woodrow Wilson Fellow Kevin Powers, the Division Counsel for the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Chicago Field Division, for an intensive week-long visit on campus from February 24 – 28, 2014. Powers will conduct classes, seminars and workshops, and be the featured speaker for the College’s Wadsworth Distinguished Lecture Series. Powers also will meet with students and faculty members informally throughout the week to share his practical knowledge in the areas of drug enforcement, Fourth and Fifth Amendment issues, Title II wiretaps, and more.

As the featured speaker at the Wadsworth Distinguished Lecture Series on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at the Campus Center Theatre on the ground floor, Mr. Powers will discuss the notorious and high profile case of Whitey Bulger with special focus on the law enforcement issues that it raised. The lecture is free and open to the general public.

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“We are honored to welcome our second Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow to Mount Ida College.  Kevin Powers’ expertise and experience in law enforcement and criminal justice is excellent and of great interest to our students, particularly those in our expanding Criminal Justice and Forensic Studies  Programs,” noted Barry Brown, President, Mount Ida College.

Brown continued, “Offering opportunities to meet nationally renowned experts like Mr. Powers is one of many ways our students gain real-world insight, helping them to trail blaze their own successful career paths after they graduate.”

About Kevin Powers

Kevin Powers has served as Division Counsel for the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Chicago Field Division since February 2005. Legal advisor for a five state region, including Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Minnesota and North Dakota, along with eight federal judicial districts, Mr. Powers also provides legal advice to the Special Agent in Charge and over 400 special agents, task force officers and support staff, on topics such as operational law, Fourth and Fifth Amendment issues, Title III wiretaps, personnel and employment issues, and all criminal and regulatory aspects of Controlled Substances Act.  He also acts as liaison between the DEA Chicago Division and federal and state prosecutors offices in his area of responsibility and he provides on-going training to DEA regarding legal issues.

Prior to working for the DEA, Mr. Powers held a number of significant prosecutorial, defense and criminal justice positions including the City of Chicago Law Department in the Individual Defense Division, Office of the United States Attorney, Northern District of Illinois.

Powers has a Bachelor of Arts in Government and History from Colby, and a Juris Doctor from Northwestern University School of Law.  Following his formal education, Mr. Powers was commissioned as an officer in the United States Navy’s Judge Advocate General’s Corps in October 1992.  In the Navy he served both as a prosecutor and a defense attorney in hundreds of cases and was honorably discharged in September 1996.

About The Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows

The Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows program, which is administered by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) in Washington, DC, brings prominent artists, diplomats, journalists, business leaders, and other professionals to campuses across the United States for a week-long residential program of classes, seminars, workshops, lectures, and informal discussions. For 35 years, the Visiting Fellows have been introducing students and faculty members at liberal arts colleges to a wide range of perspectives on life, society, community, and achievement. The Visiting Fellows program is available to all four-year colleges and universities. For more information, visit CIC’s website at

About the Wadsworth Distinguished Lecture Series

The Wadsworth Distinguished Lecture Series was established in 1990 to engage in prominent individuals to provide lectures on selected topics to the Mount Ida community and the community-at-large.  The series is named after dear friends of the College, the late William Steele Wadsworth, a member of the Board of Overseers of the College, and his wife the late Arlene Graham Wadsworth, an alumna of the Class of 1920. Previous Wadsworth Lecture speakers include Arthur R. Miller, Andrew Card and Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., to name a few.

About Mount Ida College

Founded in 1899, Mount Ida College is a small, private college in Newton, Massachusetts that provides career-focused programs built upon a strong foundation of social sciences, humanities, and the arts—all to prepare our students for achievement in their chosen careers, and in life. With a tight-knit, inclusive community, a diverse student body, winning NCAA Division III sports teams, a beautiful and safe suburban campus, and a vibrant school spirit, Mount Ida is the place where students become the best version of themselves. To learn more, visit the College’s website at