Meet Your Instructors

JMU Project Management Certificate
Meet Your Instructors

Paul Powers

Paul Powers, Project Management Instructor
Paul Powers is currently a Senior Project Manager in the business intelligence industry employed by a data visualization leader called Qlik. He works as part of a global project management team implementing solutions for both private and public organizations. Prior to his tenure at Qlik, Paul was a Senior Project Manager for James Madison University. He managed a variety of projects to include document collaboration, responsive mobile design and information technology service management.

In addition to JMU, Paul spent 17 years in project management consulting roles for the large global organizations of IBM, McGladrey and Infor. During his consulting tenure, Paul advised many industries such as healthcare, manufacturing, government, financial services, telecommunications, real estate, banking and retail. His client list ranges from Fortune 500 companies to national retailers. While consulting with the federal government, he worked on two award winning project teams and was recognized as an innovator for business intelligence software implementations.

Paul became PMP certified in October of 2010. He holds both B.S. and M.S. degrees in Economics from the University of Tennessee. He has an extensive software training background. In addition to teaching, he has served as a project management mentor to entry level IBM consultants. Paul has also built project management systems utilizing Qlik and SharePoint products.

Paul and his wife practice forestry on their property bordering the George Washington National Forest. He, his wife and newly adopted Plott hound enjoy outdoor activities in the Shenandoah Valley area.

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David M. Hylton, PMP®


David Hylton is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP®) with over 17 years-experience in Project Management.  He has been employed with Sentara Healthcare (formerly Rockingham Memorial Hospital) since 2002.  David developed and managed large electronic health record programs and is presently part of the Sentara Healthcare IT Project Management Office (PMO), providing project oversight to the Blue Ridge region including Sentara RMH Medical Center and Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital.  In 2010 he managed an enterprise dictation/transcription system project receiving the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council Best Application of Technology award.

In addition to instructing in the Project Management Certificate Program at James Madison University, David teaches a project management class for Sentara Healthcare IT staff and provides project management consulting to local small businesses.

David is a graduate of JMU and lives in Broadway, VA where he also coaches soccer at Broadway High School.  David obtained the Project Management Institute’s Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM®) credential in 2010 and the PMP® certification in 2012.