Aug. 22, 2012
COPY BY: Rana McDonald, 806-651-2129, firstname.lastname@example.org
WTAMU to Launch Comprehensive Campaign
CANYON, Texas—West Texas A&M University will launch an ambitious comprehensive campaign with a special announcement during a festive kick off at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28 in the atrium of Cornette Library on the WTAMU campus. Dr. J. Patrick O’Brien, University president, will introduce Don Powell as the campaign chairman and announce the goal and priorities for the next two years of this unprecedented endeavor.
“Share Your Pride, The Campaign for West Texas A&M University, is the most significant fund-raising campaign effort in the history of WTAMU, and we are proud that WT alumnus Don Powell is the campaign chairman,” O’Brien said. “We’ve set the bar high as far as our campaign goal and priorities, and I know with a strong foundation of alumni, friends and valued supporters, we will be successful in this impressive and historic venture.”
Powell brings years of experience in leadership and community service to his role as chairman of The Campaign for West Texas A&M University. His firsthand experience as a student at WT, combined with his commitment to higher education and a successful professional career, make him the perfect choice for the leadership role. He is a 1959 graduate of Palo Duro High School and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in economics in 1963 from what was then known as West Texas State University. He also is a graduate of Southwestern Graduate School of Banking at Southern Methodist University.
He has more than 30 years of experience in the financial services industry, beginning in 1963 with First Federal Savings and Loan of Amarillo. He joined Amarillo’s First National Bank in 1971 and was named the institution’s chief executive officer in 1987. He later bought the Fritch State Bank, moved it to Amarillo as the First National Bank and served as its president and CEO. In 2001, Powell was named the 16th chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation by President George W. Bush. In 2005 Bush named him the federal coordinator of Gulf Coast Rebuilding.
He has served on numerous boards through the years, including a stint as chairman of The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents, and he served 16 years on the board of regents of Amarillo College. He also served as an advisory board member of the George Bush School of Government and Public Service, chairman of the Amarillo Chamber of Commerce. His community service involvement includes the Amarillo Area Foundation, Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch, United Way of Amarillo and the Harrington Regional Medical Center.
The kick off will mark the first campaign ever for the University and one of the biggest campaign efforts in the Texas Panhandle. The five-year campaign will conclude Sept. 1, 2014. For more information about The Campaign for West Texas A&M University, call the Office of Institutional Advancement at 806-651-2070 or visit wtamu.edu/giving.