Powers to receive distinguished alumni award at WBU

Release Date: February 8, 2008

PLAINVIEW –Longtime educator and administrator Dr. Timothy Powers of Wichita Falls will be honored with the Distinguished Leadership Alumni Award at Wayland Baptist University during homecoming festivities Feb. 21-24. Specifically, the awards will be presented during the 11 a.m. chapel slated for Friday, Feb. 22.

Powers came to Wayland in 1973 from Muncie, Ind., on a basketball scholarship, studying history and education during his four years here. He earned the bachelor’s degree in 1977 from WBU, then earned a Master of Education in Educational Administration from Texas Tech in 1981 and his doctorate in Educational Leadership from Tech in 2002.

Since May 2003, Powers has served as Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction for the Wichita Falls Independent School District. He is responsible for student achievement and for leadership development, working directly with principals, assistant principals and teachers who aspire to be classroom leaders or move into administration.

He also is responsible for all academic areas of the district, State Compensatory Education, Title funds, student attendance and truancy, student assignment to campuses, nurses, curriculum updates and development, development of the district calendar, student grievances, expulsions, all campus level administrators and Special Education.

Though his days as a student at Wayland are far behind him, Powers is still involved with the university as a member of the Board of Trustees. His experience at WBU is still memorable.

“I was a history major and Dr. Gwin Morris and Dr. Estelle Owens both influenced my love for history and how I could bring it to life for others. Dr. Ruth Draper from the education department also had a significant influence on my teaching behavior in the classroom,” he recalls fondly. “I found (English professor) Dr. Arch Mayfield to be one of the most personable professors in my college career. He has a knack to help his students feel comfortable and that each one had something to offer to his class.

“I was fairly involved in the history department and one of my most accomplished moments in college was when Dr. Morris worked with the Hale County Historical Society and used one of my papers to secure a Texas Historical Marker on Highway 70 just west of town commemorating the Slaton Irrigation Well, one of the first dug in the state.”

Powers began his education career as an English and history teacher at Estacado Junior High in Plainview, also coached girls’ basketball and track, and taught night classes for two years to help adults receive their GED. He was vice principal at Pampa High School from 1981-87, then served for seven years as principal at Lamar Elementary in Pampa. His school was one of only 84 in the state to initiate educational reforms that improved student academic performances as a member of the Texas Partnership School Initiative Coalition. Powers was recognized in person by then-Governor Ann Richards at a luncheon in Pampa for the sweeping changes made and for the instructional improvements accomplished at Lamar, where fourth-grade TAAS Writing scores rose from 34 percent to 100 percent in one year.

He served from 1994-2002 as principal of Pampa Middle School, which gained “Recognized” status from the Texas Education Agency for five straight years. Nominated as Texas Junior High Principal of the Year, he developed and implemented the Partners in Education program, encouraging parent involvement in the middle school setting and several other programs for students and staff. He helped to achieve a sizable donation from a local business to establish Internet connection for Pampa Middle School.

He joined the Wichita Falls I.S.D. staff in May 2002 and served for a year as Assistant Superintendent for Administrative Services and is experienced in administrative policies related to personnel in hiring and evaluating.

Powers and his wife, the former Janice Warren, also a Wayland graduate – a clerk for a local CPA – have two children, Zane, and his wife, Ronni, of Dumas, and Janelle Styne, and husband Chris of Plainview. All have earned degrees from Wayland.

A deacon at First Baptist Church in Wichita Falls, Powers is also a member of Rotary International and the Advisory Board of the Junior Service League.

One of five awards given by the Association of Former Students, the Distinguished Leadership Alumni Award is presented to an alumnus who has been recognized for achievement in his or her vocation, civic or Christian service. Honorees must have a lifestyle upholding the standards of Wayland and an individual standard of leadership reflecting Christian character, citizenship and ethics.