2012 Higher Education Risk Management Conference - Speakers Biography
Wm. Eugene "Gene" Powell
Chairman of the Board of Regents
The University of Texas System
WM. EUGENE "GENE" POWELL, of San Antonio, was appointed to a six-year term on The University of Texas System Board of Regents by Governor Rick Perry in February 2009. He was elected Chairman by the Board on Feb. 8, 2011. Chairman Powell also serves as the regental representative on the Texas Growth Fund Board of Trustees and is a member of the Special Advisory Committee on the Brackenridge Tract created in August 2009. He has served on the Facilities Planning and Construction Committee, the Finance and Planning Committee, and the Health Affairs Committee.
Raised in Weslaco, Texas, Powell is a native of the Rio Grande Valley. He earned a bachelor's degree in finance at The University of Texas at Austin while on a full athletic scholarship playing football under Coach Darrell K Royal. He later earned a master's degree in finance from UT Austin before returning to the Valley.
In 1983, he moved to San Antonio, to become president of The Quincy Lee Company, which at the time was the city's largest commercial real estate development company. Powell formed The Powell Companies real estate brokerage company in 1989 and, with his partner, Laddie Denton, formed Bitterblue, Inc. Today Bitterblue, Inc. is one of San Antonio’s leading real estate developers having produced such notable projects as Lincoln Heights/The Quarry, The Longhorn Quarry, Alamo Crossing Shopping Center, Rogers Ranch, Shavano Park, Inwood, Paesanos Restaurant at 1604, Lookout Canyon, Menger Springs in Boerne, Huntington, Willow Wood, Two Creeks, Kinder Ranch, and Saur Ranch. In 2004, Powell co-founded the medical software company AirStrip Technologies with his son, Cameron Powell, and Trey Moore. He has served as the chief executive officer since its inception and currently is its Chairman. AirStrip’s technology is used by hospitals nationwide to transmit wave form data in real time from the hospital to physicians' cell phones anywhere in the world that offers a cellular connection. AirStrip's initial product was designed to be used by the hospitals' labor and delivery units and physicians delivering babies, and the product line has been expanded to include the transmission of critical patient data in cardiology, the ICU, ambulances and across all of a hospital's monitored beds.
Powell is a member of the Real Estate Council, the Greater San Antonio Builders Association, the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Chamber of Commerce of San Antonio, and is a National Council Member of the Aspen Music Festival and School. He is the founder of the Responsible Growth Alliance. He has served on the executive committees of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Los Compadres de las Misiones as well as the executive board of the Witte Museum in San Antonio. In addition, he has chaired numerous successful fundraising events for various nonprofit organizations in San Antonio.
Powell is married to the former Dana Dillard of Pearsall, Texas. They have two sons. Cameron Powell, a graduate of Brown University and The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, lives in San Antonio. Hunter Powell is a graduate of The University of Pennsylvania and Westminister Seminary and has received a doctorate from Cambridge University, England. The Powells also have six grandsons and one granddaughter. It is also interesting to note that Powell's grandfather, Forrest Powell, graduated from the UTMB School of Pharmacy in 1914.