Meet Don


About Don Powell

Don grew up in north Amarillo attending Forest Hill Elementary and Mann Middle School before graduating from Palo Duro in 1959. He went on to attend West Texas State University, now known as West Texas A&M, where he graduated with a degree in economics. 

Don became a banker, eventually serving as the President and CEO of the First National Bank of Amarillo before being appointed Chair of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) by President George W. Bush in 2001. Powell resigned from the FDIC in 2005 to lead the federal government’s recovery efforts in the gulf coast following the devastating hurricanes Katrina and Rita. He was also a member of the Board of Regents for the Texas A&M University System, serving as its Chairman for four years. Powell has been a life-long supporter of Amarillo and has served on numerous boards and committees including the Amarillo College Board of Regents. 

Powell, a life-time learner, will receive a Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology from Texas A&M this spring. Don’s sister was a teacher in the AISD for more than 30 years. 

Don has three main values, which he learned from his mother:

  • Be Kind

  • Work Hard

  • Be A Good Person