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Dr. William Powell

Biographical Background

Dr. Powell is the General Manager of the Regional Justice Information Service (REJIS) supporting public sector governmental agencies within the St. Louis Metropolitan area. In this role he provides strategic leadership of all information technology support activities for over 300 governmental agencies.

Just prior to his selection as the REJIS General Manager, he was the Director of Midwest Operations at Unisys' Federal Systems from July 1997 to July 2008. He was directly responsible for all Unisys business for Scott and Wright Patterson Air Force Base agencies, and managed over 60 employees and $8.4 million in contracts annually. He was personally accountable for ensuring Unisys solutions met or exceeded contract and client expectations. From 1996 to 1997, Dr. Powell served as a Senior Functional Analyst with SRA, Inc., where he analyzed transportation system activities for the Global Transportation Network.

Dr. Powell retired from the United States Air Force in 1996, with his last assignment as the Program Manager for International Passenger Operations at Headquarters Air Mobility Command. His assignments over a 28+ year career included a variety of Air Transportation, Logistics Management, and Quality Management positions at locations throughout the world. His last two assignments were at the Major Air Command (corporate) level where he managed the contract operations at eight commercial airports valued at more than $10.5 million annually and planned, developed and executed policies, procedures, process improvements and plans relative to air transportation terminal complexes worldwide and implemented quality management practices to optimize mission operations.

Dr. Powell received his undergraduate degree in Transportation Management and Business Administration from Wayland Baptist University, a M.A. in Human Resource Development and Management from Webster University, and a Doctorate in Applied Management and Decision Sciences with a specialization in Leadership and Organizational Change from Walden University. He has authored numerous articles on strategic planning, cultural/organizational change, leadership, and customer relationship management. He is a respected speaker on leadership and organizational change.

Dr. Powell was the President and currently the Senior Advisor to the Board of Directors of the Scott/St. Louis Chapter of the National Defense Transportation Association. He currently serves on the Executive Steering Committee for the Washington University's Center for the Advancement of Information Technology. He was senior advisor to the Small Business Committee of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association. Additionally, he is an an adjunct professor in Procurement and Contract Management for Information Technology Management at Webster University and is a instructor in Public Administration Information Management at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

Dr. Powell is a Vietnam Veteran who has been highly decorated for his leadership and ability to install operational excellence. He is married to Christina Powell and has two grown sons. He is an avid golfer and reader.

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