Office of the Dean

Dave Powell

Captain Dave Powell College of Aviation Dean

As Dean of the Western Michigan University College of Aviation, I would like to personally welcome you to our college.  It is my pleasure to share with you our commitment to each and every aviation student.

The college has over 75 years of aviation education at Western Michigan University and is positioned well to excel your aviation career and help meet your aviation goals. Our vision states the College of Aviation will be recognized as the premiere aerospace education and research institution in our diverse global society. Our vision is supported by our core values: safety, integrity, respect, diversity, and excellence with accountability.

Our students and graduates enjoy life-long relationships with the college, with our industry advisory board member organizations, with our bridge agreement partners, and the many professional aviation and community organizations with whom we enjoy strong partnerships. Our graduates learn the value of networking with various aviation professionals, their involvement in aviation specific student organizations, their participation in our annual Aviation Outlook Day, etc. help further their professional careers goals. At the WMU College of Aviation our promise is to assist our graduates with finding meaningful jobs that can provide them with the experience and opportunity that will provide the pathway towards a lifelong aviation career.

Our faculty and staff are true professionals who are committed to excellence in education and strive towards making our aviation graduates the best. Our maintenance training facilities and equipment are exceptional, having recently gone through a major facility upgrade in 2015. Our management and operations students benefit from a diverse faculty with diverse professional aviation experience. There is significant focus on learning outcomes, with each program offering increased research initiatives. Our simulation lab and fleet of Cirrus aircraft, which happens to be the largest Cirrus fleet in collegiate aviation, are state-of-the-art. As technology advances, the College of Aviation is dedicated to keep our graduates current with industry standards. This is evidenced by the use of Avidyne R9 and synthetic vision. We are also in the beginning stages of preparing for a new building that we expect to be completed by the Fall of 2019.


The leadership of the WMU College of Aviation is dedicated to the success of each of our students. It is very easy to talk about the quality of our program, it is another thing to see it up close and personal. Therefore, I'd like to personally invite you to visit our facilities in Battle Creek, MI, for a tour. Your visit will help you see first-hand how we are preparing the best quality aviation students in the country and guiding our students towards learning to live their dreams!



Captain Dave Powell

(269) 964-6653