Hello there! Just a little bit about me... I was elected to two terms as Superintendent of Fresno County Schools and I've served 43 years in education.I love inspiring students and families, and I'm very active in community and civic groups as well as many professional organizations.I have served on 12 non-profit boards and serve as a Member of the Board of Trustees for Fresno Pacific University. In addition, I'm on numerous advisory boards for California State University, Fresno.I served as the Chair of California's Fiscal Crisis Management Assistance Team (FCMAT) during the height of the fiscal crisis in California.I'm a member of the National Advisory Board for Rachel's Challenge, the premier anti-bullying program in America.I've also served as a member of the State Board of Directors for the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) and the California County Superintendents Educational Services Association (CCSESA). I've won many awards including the 2003 Superintendent of the Year for ACSA Region 9. One of my favorite awards came from CSU Fresno in 2007 when I was named "Top Dog" as an Outstanding Alumni of the University, Kremen School of Education and Human Development. In 2010, I received the Distinguished Citizen Award by the Sequoia Council of the Boy Scouts. In 2011, I won the Horizon Award for my work in promoting The Arts. California County Superintendents nominated me for the Justus A. Prentice Executive Leadership Award for California for 2011. I was also selected as one of twenty Americans of the Year by Esquire Magazine for 2011 and appeared in the December 2011 Issue. In 2012, I was honored as "Humanitarian of the Year" by the Big Fresno Fair.My wife Dot and I operate C323 The Powell Project, an effort to bring encouragement and hope to families and individuals who are struggling in life. I'm in great demand as a Motivational and Inspirational speaker and have presented thousands of speeches and seminars up and down the San Joaquin Valley, the State of California, and throughout the United States at various school districts, Honor Societies, civic groups, association conventions, service clubs, conferences, Universities, and churches.Struck with Polio at the age of 15 months in 1949, I strive to serve as an inspiration to everyone I meet. I was a champion wrestler and coach, an avid golfer with a 5 handicap, a swimmer and gymnast. My bench press record is 320 pounds when I weighed only 129 pounds. I hold high school records for rope climb (20 foot rope in 1.8 seconds) and pull-ups (44).I strongly believe that the only things you cannot do are the things you do not attempt. Hard work and determination lead to success. My wife, Dot, is the Executive Director of SALTFresno, a non-profit agency which provides mentoring services to students, parents, teachers, administrators, and the community at-large. She is also a writer of Children's books and a speaker.Most people have never seen me without a smile. I have made equity and access a hallmark of my career and work to provide equal opportunity to everyone. I am passionate about The Arts, Preschool, and Rachel's Challenge, a national anti-bullying program.In addition to being the former Fresno County Superintendent, I am a minister, motivational speaker, writer, actor, singer, and songwriter. My favorite past-times include: Family, Church, Golf, Music, and Yo-yos. I am often affectionately referred to as Reverend Superintendent by my colleagues.