Jeff Powers ’11

“Rising Through the Ranks”

Montreat Degree: Bachelor’s in Management
Graduation Year: 2011
Title: Vice President at Thermo-Fisher Scientific

Like many working adults, work transitions and travel obligations forced Jeff Powers to put his education on hold, but amidst the transition he was making the best use of time. He gained experience in the corporate world, and eventually began working for Fortune 500 company Thermo-Fisher Scientific, where he had the opportunity to travel and teach about continuous improvement. Jeff’s depth of experience and managerial capacity eventually led him to step into a role as the plant manager at the Thermo-Fisher Scientific plant in Asheville, N.C.

With this move, his desire to continue his education returned. “I knew that the only way I would be considered for next level opportunities would be to have a degree,” Jeff says. “Originally, my motivation for returning was just for that piece of paper. However, after beginning at Montreat, I found myself walking away each night with a few new thoughts, ideas, tools, and data points that were directly beneficial to a challenge I was working through in the workplace. Montreat helped me fill in many of the missing pieces.”

Jeff completed his undergraduate degree from Montreat in 2011, and during his time of study, was promoted to a vice president role at Thermo-Fisher Scientific. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in management and leadership from Montreat’s School of Adult and Graduate Studies.