William E. Powell
Billy Powell grew up on the cattle and timber farm in Washington County that later became Powell Red Angus Farm. After completing a bachelor=s and the Ph.D., both from Auburn, Powell worked briefly as an assistant professor in the Animal Sciences Department. It was in these early years after graduation that Powell married Beth Crawford, also an Auburn graduate. In 1971, he joined the Alabama Cooperative Extension System as food science specialist, a position he held until 1974.
For the next several years, Powell worked in private industry, heading the feed division of a regional grain company while still maintaining close ties to the family=s red angus farm and the Cattlemen=s Association. The Alabama Cattlemen=s Association solidified its support of Powell in 1983 by asking him to become its assistant executive vice president. In 1985, he became executive vice president of the Association and editor of Alabama Cattleman magazine, a position he has held ever since. As editor, he has authored more than 280 monthly articles to provide current news and practical information to Alabama=s beef industry. In 1994, he also became executive director of the Southeastern Livestock Exposition.
Recognized as an innovative and progressive leader, Powell has represented the state cattle industry on committees and task forces at local, state, and national levels. He has been an advocate for agriculture both in Montgomery and in Washington, D.C.
Powell was involved in the organization of the AU Ag Alumni Association and served as its first president. He has served on the Dean=s Advisory Council, task forces for the Alabama Cooperative Extension System and the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station and Auburn’s Ag Advisory Facilities Committee. His efforts in fundraising for agriculture at Auburn have benefitted the diagnostic laboratory, the beef research facility, and the meat science laboratory on the Auburn University campus. In addition, as an alumni member of Auburn’s chapter of Alpha Gamma Rho, the agricultural fraternity, Powell chaired the capital campaign to fund construction of the new fraternity house on Lem Morrison Avenue.
Among the many honors and awards bestowed upon Powell was the 2005 dedication of Auburn’s new Lambert-Powell Meats Laboratory.
Powell and his wife, Beth, have three sons: Will, Greg, and Matt; and five grandchildren.