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Alumni/ae in the news: Richard Powell (MDiv'07)
Posted 05/11/2011 04:22PM

Richard Powell named next President/CEO

Source: Mo-Ranch Conference Center

The Board of Trustees of Presbyterian Mo-Ranch Assembly has announced Richard H. “Dick” Powell Jr. as the new President and CEO. Powell will succeed David W. Jordan, who will retire this fall, concluding 12 years of highly successful and capable leadership.

“The Board is enormously pleased with the combination of skills that the Rev. Powell brings to the position of President and CEO of Mo-Ranch,” said Rebecca Gafford, chair of the Mo-Ranch Board of Trustees. “As an ordained Presbyterian minister with an exceptional executive business background, and a deep knowledge of and love for Mo-Ranch, he was the ideal candidate.”

Powell is currently pastor, head of staff at Forest Hills Presbyterian Church in Helotes, Texas. He holds a Master of Divinity Degree from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Austin, Texas, and a B.A. in Philosophy and Religion from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. Additionally he is a graduate of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Management Development Institute, as well as the Center for Creative Leadership in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Following a career in various management positions, including seven years as vice president, manufacturing with R. G. Barry Corporation in San Antonio, Texas, he founded Powell and Associates in Boerne, Texas, advising communities on economic development issues.

Powell and his wife, Lynne, currently live in Boerne, Texas. Their son, Richard, is in management with Best Buy in Austin and their daughter, Elizabeth is finishing her studies at Texas State University.

Powell has been active in the Presbyterian Church for most of his life, including serving as a workshop leader and speaker at the Mo-Ranch Men’s Conference, and keynote speaker and workshop leader for the Synod of the Sun’s Small Church Pastor Retreat.

"I am honored and humbled to be given the opportunity to lead this marvelous staff and facility,” said the Rev. Powell. “Mo-Ranch is one of the crown jewels in our denomination, deserving of our best possible stewardship."

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