Struck with polio at the age of 15 months in 1949, Larry is an inspiration to everyone he meets. He wears a brace on his right leg but will often point to his head and say, “I don’t limp up here.”
He was a champion wrestler and coach, an avid golfer with a 5 handicap, a swimmer, and a gymnast. He believes the only things you can’t do are things you don’t attempt.
After 43 years in education, Larry retired as the superintendent of schools for Fresno County where he oversaw 35 school districts, 325 schools, and nearly 200,000 students. He also spent two years as the chairman of California’s Fiscal Crisis Management Assistance Team during the height of the financial crisis in California.
You can listen to Larry on his radio feature “Good News with Larry Powell” on iHeart Radio and PowerTalk 96.7, and on KSEE24 and CBS 47 as a political analyst. As if that doesn’t keep him busy enough, he and his wife Dot, a published author of children’s books, founded The Powell Project C3:23 to bring encouragement and hope to families and individuals who are struggling in life.
Larry has been recognized in California and his community as the ACSA Superintendent of the Year in Region 9, Distinguished Citizen by the Boy Scouts, the Horizon Award winner for his work in promoting the arts, Humanitarian of the Year, one of 20 Americans of the Year by Esquire Magazine in 2011, and was named Outstanding Alumni by the Kremen School of Education at Fresno State.