- Research areas:
- Public Management
- Areas of Interest:
- Local government and the United States Constitution
Orville Powell's career in local government and as an expert of the United States Constitution spans more than 50 years. He has served as a consultant to local governments in Russia, Bulgaria, India, and Swaziland. Powell was city manager for a total of 25 years in Winston-Salem, North Carolina; Durham, North Carolina; and Gainesville, Florida. The City of Gainesville designated "Orville Powell Day" in 1983 and the NAACP chapter in Gainesville bestowed him with the "Man of the Year" award in 1982.
Powell joined the O'Neill faculty more than 15 years ago and has earned several teaching awards including the Trustees Teaching award, the Student Choice Award, the Graduate Teaching Award, and the Undergraduate Teaching Award three times.
Powell has served as executive director of the Indiana Association of Municipal Managers (IMMA) and currently is senior advisor for city managers in Indiana and Kentucky as part of the International City-County Management Association.