Beverly Volkman Powell has enjoyed a forty-year career in real estate development. Her land development experience includes the creation of residential neighborhoods and commercial projects across Tarrant and Johnson counties. Over the last decade, she has been instrumental in creating a renewed interest in the redevelopment of the historic district of Burleson, where she committed to the renovation of a number of the 100-year-old buildings central to the core historic business center. She was also successful in creating the revitalization of restaurant and retail commerce through the recruitment of major regional tenants.
A graduate of Texas Wesleyan University, Ms. Powell holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and a Master of Business Administration. She is the Chairman of the Board of Texas Wesleyan Board of Trustees and has also served as vice chairman, chairman of the Personnel, Academic Affairs and Buildings and Grounds Committees, and member of the Executive and Finance and Audit Committees of the board. She has been a member of the Board since 2001. In 2009, she was the recipient of the Wesleyan Alumni Medal of Honor for service to the university and is the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient. In 2014 she was awarded the first Pillar of the Community award by Hill College in recognition of her work to expand access to higher education. In 2012 she received the Burleson Ex-Students Association, Distinguished Alumni Award. Recently, Ms. Powell was recognized as a Great Woman of Texas by the Fort Worth Business Press.
In 2007, Ms. Powell was elected to serve as Trustee for the Burleson Independent School District, where she served as President of the Board in 2011 and 2012 and continues to serve as trustee today. As the current Chairman of the Board of the Burleson Opportunity Fund, Ms. Powell is a determined advocate for education, with the belief that all children can have access to higher education and that every child, from kindergarten to high school, should believe that a college degree or postsecondary vocational education is attainable. For the last four years, Ms. Powell has spearheaded the Breakfast of Champions annual fundraiser making it possible to award over 145 scholarships for 2016-17 freshmen and sophomore students to complete the first two years of college at the Burleson Hill College Site. In 2016, the total scholarship awards from the fund exceeded one million dollars.