A current trustee of the College of William & Mary Foundation, Michael Powell served on the Board of Visitors from 2001 to 2009. During three of those years, he served as Rector, becoming the first African-American to serve in that post in William & Mary’s history. Michael has distinguished himself in the military, government, business and nonprofit sectors, serving as an officer in the U.S. Army’s 3rd Squadron, 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment; as chair of the Federal Communications Commission; as president and CEO of the National Cable and Telecommunications Association; and on numerous boards, including the Mayo Clinic, the Aspen Institute and America’s Promise, which seeks to end our nation’s high school dropout crisis. Michael met his wife, Jane, during their time at William & Mary.
Jane Powell enjoyed a successful career as a meeting planner, managing large and complex conventions. After the birth of their second child, she dedicated her time to raising their two sons, Jeffrey and Bryan. Jane has served on the boards of the Washington, D.C., chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, the Dream Project and SOS Children Villages, which seeks to place orphaned and abandoned children with stable loving families. Jane holds a master's degree in counseling from George Mason University, and volunteers as a tutor and counselor at an alternative high school for students whose life circumstances have interrupted their schooling.
“William & Mary develops leaders with character. Our students are principled and selfless, finding meaning through service to something beyond their own aggrandizement. Leaving a place better than you found it is a hallmark of William & Mary’s culture; thus, our students graduate committed to making the world they touch a better place.”