Working with faculty and staff across the university, he researches, evaluates and implements educational technologies for campus and distance course delivery. As part of the design team for new buildings and classroom remodeling, he designs classroom systems around current and emerging technologies and supervises staff who train faculty in their use.

CSU has more than 260 classrooms which are constantly being updated and upgraded. Under Powell’s direction, new learning technologies are introduced while existing equipment is maintained, repaired and updated. CSU Online offers more than 30 degrees at a distance, all supported by the Learning Technology unit; this unit is a leader in classroom design and support of lecture capture technology which extends class access to students worldwide.

Powell earned his bachelor and master degrees at Washington State University, and his Ph.D. at Texas A&M University. He has 36 years of media and technology experience at major land-grant universities.  His background includes live broadcasting, audio and video production, satellite teleconferencing, distance and online course development, research and selection of media technologies for instruction, and classroom design.

Powell is active in professional societies including the US Distance Learning Association, the University Professional Continuing Education Association, and the eLearning Consortium of Colorado. He is a past president of the WSU Alumni Association and serves on the professional advisory board for WSU’s Edward R. Murrow College of Communications.