Powers, who died in 1991, was a tireless volunteer for Randolph-Macon, inspiring
hundreds of alumni to support the College. An active volunteer for Randolph-Macon
since his graduation in 1931, Mr. Powers’ most distinctive long-term contribution
to his alma mater was his role in recruiting other volunteers for the institution
through his leadership style and magnetic personality.
His service to the College included work with the Admissions Office to entertain
prospective and admitted students; work with the Development Office to encourage
other alumni to contribute financially to the College; and service as chairman of
the national Leadership Telethon program.
A member of the Alumni Board since 1974, Mr. Powers was elected to the Board of
Associates in 1983. As chairman of the College’s $15-million capital campaign, “Our
Heritage, Our Future: The Campaign for Randolph-Macon College,” he was credited
with donating over 1,000 hours of personal time. Otherwise known as “Mr. R-MC”,
Tom was instrumental in recruiting more than 500 alumni volunteers who helped solicit
funds for the undertaking.
In 2003, the Society of Alumni created an award to honor Tom Powers and to recognize
those classes with the highest giving participation rate within their decade. The
Tom Powers Award is housed in the Advancement Office and a plaque on campus honors
the award winners.
For more information regarding the W. Thomas Powers '31 Award, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tom Powers Award Winners
Fiscal Year 2013
1930s:1935 and 1938 tied with 50% participation. Class Agent: Jack
1940s: 1944 and 1946 tied with an amazing 100% participation. Class
Agent: Jack Russell ’44
1950s: 1959 with 64% participation. Class Agent: Frank Robinson
1960s: 1961 with 67% participation. Class Agent: Shep Shepardson
1970s: 1975 with 52% participation. Class Agent: Mike Carter
1980s: 1981 with 44% participation. Class Agent: Phil Emerson
1990s: 1996 with 36% participation. Class Agents: Graham Rashkind
and Ainslie Rose
2000s: 2008 with 44% participation. Class Agents: Sara Jones DeLong,
Margaret Fisher, Tyler Watkins, and Timothy Wehner.
2012 with 36% participation. Class Agents: Cara Carne, John Endean,
Corey Gill, Jamie Grant, LaChelle Lewis, Tristan Macdonald, Matthew Musser, Eleanor
Shea, and Cherelle Williams.