Dr. Hiram C. Powell is a graduate of Florida State University, the University of Florida and Bethune-Cookman University where he current serves as Dean of the Dr. LaDoris McClaney School of Performing Arts and Communication. Powell previously served the institution as Provost, Vice president for Advancement, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dean of the Graduate School, Music Department Chair, Director of Bands and Director of the Music Technology program.

Powell has had a lifetime of engagement in the arts that includes service on the boards of Arts for a Complete Education/Florida Alliance for Arts Education, Florida Music Educators Association, Florida International Festival, Daytona Beach Community Cultural Foundation and most recently Atlantic Center for the Arts, Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra and the Pabst-Steinmetz Foundation.

Powell is a three-time Associate Artist at Atlantic Center for the Arts where he studied with the renowned jazz composer and violinist Leroy, jazz great David Baker and female Cuban born composer and international conductor Tania Leon. Powell served for more than a decade as a Distinguished Adjudicator for Festival Disney and his awards and recognitions include The Silver Knight Award, Faculty Member of the Year (B-CU) and Outstanding Musicianship Award (UF).