Powell is one of five individuals that will receive the honor. Along with Powell, the other honor award recipients will include Vance Butler and Jim Heinitz of Augustana; Cherri Mankenberg of Nebraska-Omaha, and Phil Rhoade of Minnesota State.
The award is the highest honor in the conference and is given in appreciation of an individual's efforts to heighten the integrity of the NCC.
The award is voted on by the institutional representatives at each of the seven member institutions. This year's class of three brings the total number of inductees to 173 since the award's beginning in 1967.
The honor awards banquet will begin with a social at 6:30 p.m. and a 7 p.m. dinner.
Powell's long association with USD began in 1962 when he took a position with USD's mathematics department.
In 1973, he transferred to a position in the School of Business, where he served the remainder of his career. He was elected to USD's Athletic Board of Control many times by the USD Senate, and held the position of ABC chair several times during that period.
Powell was appointed as USD's faculty athletic representative to the NCC and the NCAA in 1996, and held that position for nine years. He has shown great propensity for community service, including serving as an alderman in Vermillion and also as a team host for the South Dakota High School Football Playoffs every year since it began in 1981.
Since 2000, 11 student athletes have received NCAA postgraduate scholarships, in part due to the encouragement and support of Professor Powell.
"Professor Powell has always been a supporter and advocate for our student-athletes," said USD Director of Athletics Joel Nielsen. "We are very proud of his efforts on behalf of USD Athletics. We congratulate Jack for an honor that is well deserved."
In addition, Dr. Powell was appointed as USD's institutional representative on the NCC Future Committee and was a member of the board of the Faculty Athletic Representatives Association (FARA), including a term as vice president for Division II. He chaired the DII FARA Legislative Review Committee.
He also completed two, three-year terms on the NCAA DII Legislation Committee, including as chair in 2006.
However, Dr. Powell's mentoring is not limited to student-athletes. Members of the Athletic Board of Control have attested to Powell's willingness to answer questions and provide guidance in matters concerning athletics at USD.
Steve Johnson, who chaired the Athletic Board of Control for several years while Powell was FAR, credits Powell with helping him work through issues facing the ABC, and also mentions Powell's work on the national level in both the NCAA and FARA as providing valuable insight to the board.
The staff at the university can attest to Powell's dedicated and loyal commitment, including volunteering as a 30-second clock operator at men's and women's basketball games for the past 20 years. He also has worked as a volunteer at USD track meets, including numerous NCC championships, since the 1970s.
Dr. Powell's service to USD campus does not stop with athletics. Starting in the mid 1960s with his founding of the first USD Computer Center, he has contributed in many ways to the growth and improvement of the institution.
Powell received his bachelor of science degree from Morningside College in 1958 before earning a master of arts degree from USD in 1962. He later picked up his master of business administration degree in 1971 and a doctor of business administration in 1972 from the University of Indiana (Bloomington).
Past honor award recipients from USD include: Harry Gamage and Carl "Rube" Hoy, 1967; Dr. I.D. Weeks, 1969; John Roning, 1971; Dan Lennon, 1973; Professor Wayne Gutzman, 1975; Dwayne Clodfelter and Howard Connors, 1976; Professor Raymond Devilbiss and Lee Torre, 1979; Jim Burt and Beanie Cooper, 1981; Carl Miller, 1985; Rob Williams, 1986; Howard "Hod" Nielsen, 1991; Professor George R. Horner, 1998; Jack Doyle, 1999; Roger Kozak, 2003; Dr. Nancy McCahren, 2004.