Dr. Jack Powell

Project Director

Growing up in a modest, single parent home, I had few aspirations. I was mentored and encouraged by devoted teachers and coaches who took an interest in me. They fortified me to excel in school and athletics which led to an interest in attending college. As a first-generation college student, the challenges were many. I was again fortunate to have professors and coaches who helped me along the way.

I wanted the opportunity to make a difference for students just like people made a difference in my life. This led to a career working with college students helping them be successful in reaching their ambitions. An opportunity to raise funding for scholarships led me to realize the impact I could have connecting people who have a passion about making a difference with a cause they care about.

My second career in development and consulting gave me the opportunity to help advance the missions not only of educational institutions but others with impactful missions such as youth and arts organizations. Seeing results from my efforts and those of like-minded individuals have been fulfilling. To give back for what was given to me has become my career passion.

Full Bio

Dr. Jack Powell has more than 15 years of experience in nonprofit consulting and 20 years in educational administration. He has held higher education senior leadership positions in the areas of enrollment management, student development, and institutional advancement and has served as an adjunct professor.

Jack has led successful capital campaigns ranging from $800,000 to $16 million at several organizations. He has consulted with over 40 nonprofits in all aspects of mission advancement. In this time, he developed a unique expertise leading professional teams focused on delivering programs and services in support of local and regional communities in need.

His focus on education and leadership expertise were further enhanced at the FBI’s Citizens Academy and Harvard University, where Jack graduated from the Institute of Educational Management. He earned his doctorate in educational leadership and completed a doctoral dissertation featuring research on college student success and retention.

Jack is an active community leader having served as a board member at the Indianapolis School of Ballet and the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, as well as a member of the development committee of the Integrating Woman Leaders Foundation.

Summary of Experience

  • Twenty years of senior level leadership in university administration.
  • Awarded membership in the Honor Society of the Western Michigan University Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi.
  • Graduate of Harvard University’s Institute for Educational Management.
  • Served on the Boards of various youth and arts organizations.
  • Graduate of community leadership programs in Illinois, Florida, Ohio, and Michigan.
  • Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry at Malone University; Master of Arts in Educational Ministries at Wheaton College; EdD in Educational Leadership from Western Michigan University.