BIOSKETCH AS OF 1983
JAMES L. POWELL of Fort McKavett, was appointed to The University
of Texas System Board of Regents by Governor Dolph Briscoe in January,
1979, to serve a six-year term. He served as chairman of the U.T. Board of Regents
from January 24, 1981 to April 15, 1983.
last updated April 1983
Mr. Powell is a rancher and banker and has had extensive experience
in higher education. He was appointed to the Texas State University
System Board of Regents in 1971 by Governor Preston Smith and was
reappointed by Governor Briscoe in 1977. He ultimately served as
chairman of that board, which supervises Angelo State University, Sul
Ross University, Southwest Texas State University, and Sam Houston State
University, from 1976 to 1978. He resigned from that board to accept
the U.T. System regency.
He received his B.A. from Rice University in 1951, and did graduate
work in economics and finance at The University of Texas at Austin. His
Powell Ranch, near Fort McKavett, has been the site for extensive
agricultural experiments involving foraging quality. His work in range
and livestock management has received nationwide acclaim, and he was
named "Man of the Year in Agriculture" by the Texas County Agricultural
Agents Association in July, 1978.
Mr. Powell, born in 1930, is President of First National Bank,
Mertzon, Texas, and is on the Board of Directors of First National Bank
of Eldorado, San Angelo National Bank, Texas Commerce Bancshares, Inc.
of Houston, and West Texas Wool & Mohair Company, Mertzon.
He is a member of the Executive Board, Concho Valley Council, Boy
Scouts of America, and has held many positions of leadership in
livestock and ranching associations and councils. In 1961, he was
president of Texas Sheep and Goat Raisers Association, and has also
served as president of the National Wool Growers Association. He is
past director of the Mohair Council of America and the Texas and
Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association. He is a current member of
National Cattleman's Association and served on the Secretary of
Agriculture's Technical Advisory Committee for Multilateral Trade
Negotiations in 1975.
Mr. Powell is a veteran of the U.S. Navy, and is married to the
former Nancy Hunt of Sonora. The Powells have two daughters, Lorrie and
Victoria, and are members of the Presbyterian Church.