Don Powell Announces Candidacy for Board of Trustees

“There is nothing more important than the education of the students in our community,” Don Powell said. “I believe the most important job I can do at this stage in my life is to support them and all of the wonderful teachers, administrators, coaches, and others who, like my sister, invest their talents into our next generation of leaders.”


Powell, a life-long Amarillo resident and Palo Duro High School graduate filed the required paperwork to run for the Amarillo Independent School District (AISD) Board of Trustees on Friday afternoon.


“As I look back on the events of my life, I can say with confidence that it was the teachers, principals, and mentors that invested in me throughout my education that were responsible for the incredible opportunities and experiences that I’ve had,” Powell explained.


Powell 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.


Powell 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. Powell’s sister was a teacher in the AISD for more than 30 years.


“I firmly believe that providing the best educational opportunities for our students and doing everything to support our teachers and administrators are the most important things we can do for the long-term success of our community,” Powell said. “I would be incredibly humbled to serve on the Board and ensure that our teachers have the resources needed so that our students are successful as they move through the AISD and beyond.”

Powell and his highschool sweetheart, Twanna, have been married for more than 60 years. They have two grown sons, two delightful daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren.


Early voting for the election begins on April 19 and continues through April 27. Election Day is May 1.