Orville Powell

Clinical Associate Professor Emeritus

(812) 855-4944

Curriculum Vitae


  • M.P.A., Pennsylvania State University, 1963
  • B.A., Earlham College, 1961


  • Urban Problems and Solutions


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 SPEA faculty 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.


  • Inaugural Recipient of (2015) Orville Powell Inspiration Award, SPEA Student Choice Awards
  • Undergraduate Teaching award, 2009, 2006, 2003, Indiana University
  • Trustees Teaching Award, 2008, Indiana University
  • International City/County Management Association Academic Award, 2003
  • City of Gainesville, Florida: "Orville Powell Day" 1983
  • "Orville W. Powell Club House" named by the City of Winston-Salem for new golf course club house

Selected Works

  • Trouble Came Calling, A Novel, Bloomington, IN: AuthorHouse (2009)
  • Earth Is A Nice Little Planet: Who Will Save It? (with C. Park). Bloomington, IN: AuthorHouse (2007)
  • City Management: Keys to Success. Bloomington, IN: AuthorHouse (2004). (Peking University Press purchased the rights to publish this book in China in 2006.)