Danny Powell assumed the duties of Athletics Director at Hendrix on February 1, 2002, and was promoted to Executive Director of Athletics, Recreation and Wellness on October 1, 2006. Powell moved into athletics from the Advancement office at the College, where he had worked for three years as the Director of Development. While in the Advancement Office at Hendrix, Powell was responsible for securing more than $2.5 million in gifts and grants to benefit the College's programs as well as well as soliciting and stewarding major gift donors. In addition, he handled the day-to-day responsibilities of supervising the fund-raising functions of that office.
Only the sixth athletic director ever at Hendrix, Powell also oversees campus recreation, intramurals and wellness programming, and teaches a first-year student experience class. Powell has served on numerous campus committees at Hendrix including chairing the Committee to plan for a new Athletics and Wellness Center at the College. Hendrix's athletic program has expanded steadily under Powell's direction, and this year the College completed approximately $23 million in facilities improvements including the Wellness and Athletics Center, and new outdoor fields for lacrosse, field hockey, track and field, soccer, baseball and softball. Additionally, under Powell's tenure the College has expanded its intercollegiate sports offerings to 19 with the addition of men's lacrosse and women's field hockey. In September of 2007, Powell also began a term on the NCAA Division III men's tennis committee.
Powell started his athletics career as an intern and then Coordinator of Athletic Marketing and Promotions at Northwestern State University of Louisiana. From there he served as an Assistant Athletics Director at Emporia State University (KS) for four years and then as Associate Athletics Director at the University of Central Arkansas. He started his professional career as a field supervisor with the St. Paul Fire and Marine Insurance Company's Little Rock Field Office
Powell earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Arkansas in 1985, majoring in Economics and English. He earned a Master of Science with a major in Sport Management from Georgia Southern University in 1992, where he graduated with distinction.
Powell is a member of the Rotary Club of Conway and is a past president. He also serves as a member of the Conway Parks and Recreation Advisory Board; is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Faulkner County Boys and Girls Club; has served on numerous committees at the First United Methodist Church of Conway; and is a 2001 graduate of the Faulkner County Leadership Institute. Powell is a member of Team Orange Crush, a local running Club which annually administers the Orange Crush Cross-Country Festival, which has donated race proceeds of more than $13,000 to the Women's Shelter of Faulkner County over the past five years.