Dr. Greg Powell was recognized by Stephen F. Austin University as one of only three Distinguished Alumni for the year. Dr. Powell earned a Bachelor of Arts in political science from SFA in 1980 and an M.A. in Political Science from Texas State University. His Doctorate is from Texas A&M-Commerce. He became Panola College president in 2000, and under his leadership, enrollment has increased from 1,400 to over 2,600 students.
Dr. Powell is a member of the East Texas Workforce Solutions Board, the Panola County Chamber of Commerce, and the Carthage Rotary Club, which recognized him as a Paul Harris Fellow in 2013. He has served on the Executive Board of the Texas Association of Community Colleges, and is a past chairman of the East Texas Higher Education Regional Council. Nationally, he has served as a commissioner for the American Association of Community Colleges and currently serves as an evaluator for the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. He has served as president of several organizations including the Region XIV National Junior College Athletic Association, the Panola County Economic Development Foundation, and the Northeast Texas Consortium of distance learning which includes 13 East Texas colleges and universities. Dr. Powell was recently appointed to two statewide committees: one that advises the State on higher education funding issues and a second committee that provides recommendations regarding the State’s community and technical colleges.
While at SFA, Powell was actively involved in the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity and still remains a board trustee. He is a charter and lifetime member of the Panola County Chapter of the SFA Alumni Association. He continues to be a dedicated recruiter for SFA, which is the number one destination for students transferring from Panola College.