- School of Public Health John R. Endwright Alumni Service Award (2008)
Kelly Powell serves as the Director of U. S. Navy Sports and Fitness for all MWR (Morale, Welfare, and Recreation) bases around the world and Head of the MWR Mission Essential branch. His position establishes and implements sport and fitness policies, programs, and facilities at all U. S. Navy installations which includes both afloat and ashore sport and fitness programs. Prior to his current position, he served as MWR Director, Adak, Alaska from 1993 to1995, and MWR Director in Yokosuka, Japan from 1991 to1993. Kelly (or “Coach” to which he is often affectionately referred), is essentially charged with helping to make things better for all sailors and members of the Navy Team.
Powell possesses a vast understanding of operational excellence. He is acknowledged for conceiving and executing unique strategies to make life in deployed environments better, while streamlining and enhancing program delivery and expanding program horizons. He is a passionate and strong patron advocate focused on understanding and meeting sailors’ needs, identifying problems and resolving issues by rapid implementation of workable solutions. He strives to build collaborative relationships and works across functional boundaries to achieve shared goals based on mutual benefits. Colleagues regard him as an articulate, tactful and diplomatic communicator with experience to get various objectives accomplished. While completing his graduate studies at Indiana University, he served as the Intramural Sports Coordinator, in the IU Division of Recreational Sports from 1986 to1991. Kelly completed his B.S. in Recreation from Indiana University in 1984, and his master’s degree in Recreation in 1986.