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Blinn appoints retired attorney Powell to its Board of Trustees

A Brenham resident since 1990, Powell will represent Precinct 1

September 23, 2014

Richard Powell Blinn College has named Brenham resident Richard Powell to its Board of Trustees.

A retired attorney who has lived in Brenham since 1990, Powell was appointed to fill the Precinct 1 seat vacated in July when Norwood Lange resigned after 24 years of service. Powell’s appointment runs until the next general election in May 2015.

“We are excited to welcome Richard Powell to our board,” said Board President Douglas Borchardt. “His leadership and experience will be a valuable resource to Blinn College and help us continue to provide affordable academic excellence for our students.”

Powell earned his Bachelor of Business Administration from Baylor University and his Juris Doctor from South Texas College of Law. After earning his license, he went to work at Briscoe & Shaffer in Houston, where he became a partner and the firm was renamed Briscoe, Shaffer & Powell.

Powell practiced law until 1990, when he moved to Brenham.

“We fell in love with this community,” Powell said. “No one can live up to a person like Norwood Lange, but I will do my best to be prepared.”

He and his wife Barbara have been married 40 years and have four children. They are members of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church.

Prior to Powell’s appointment, the board read a resolution in recognition of Lange’s 24 years of service to the Board of Trustees. During his tenure, Lange helped to oversee a period of incredible growth at Blinn, as enrollment leapt from 6,930 students in 1990 to 18,413 last fall.

The College also opened new campuses in Bryan, Schulenburg and Sealy.

Blinn’s academic transfer rate is one of the highest in the nation, and tuition and fees average about one-third the cost of the same classes at most four-year public universities in the state. In addition to campuses in Brenham, Bryan, Schulenburg and Sealy, Blinn offers online courses, dual credit for high school and prepares students for quick employment through its workforce education, technical training and vocational education programs. For enrollment information and to learn about financial aid opportunities, visit: