Dr. Richard Powell, New Board President
I was born and raised in New Cumberland, West Virginia. My wife, Beth, and I spent nine years in Morgantown where I completed my bachelors and dental degrees and a one-year dental residency with the University Hospitals. We then lived in "Old" Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for four years just prior to moving to this area, as I completed a four-year oral and maxillofacial surgery residency at Temple University. We have now lived in New Philadelphia for 25 years.
Beth is a mental health therapist, and we have three adult children. Kirsten, a surgical nurse practitioner, and Jared, a WVU student, live in Morgantown. Olivia, a marketing specialist, lives in Cleveland. I enjoy travel, spending time with family and friends, and West Virginia University football and basketball.
When researching the area prior to making my decision to relocate here, I was amazed to learn of the existence of the Tuscarawas Philharmonic because I thought such an entity was available only in a metropolitan area. More amazing was the realization of the caliber of performance our orchestra delivered. I recognized the value of such an organization to the community in the form of cultural enrichment, educational opportunities, community pride, and economic contribution.
Many years ago, an acquaintance who was a board member invited me to apply for board membership. I felt that this was one way I could be involved with the community through volunteerism, and I soon joined the board. I hate to admit it, but I was a stagnant, though faithful, member for several years. Our board went through a revitalization period a few years ago, and it was during these more recent years that I became more involved and excited about the process of nurturing the Philharmonic organization and preparing it for the changes needed for continued success. Our ultimate goal is ensuring we remain relevant through the varied contributions that I recognized as important some 25 years ago, those contributions that make the Tuscarawas Philharmonic such a vital part of life in our area.
Note: The Philharmonic organization thrived under the board leadership of Richard Geib who resigned from his position as president at the end of his term. We look forward to working with Rich Geib in the future as he sings in the adult chorus and shares his tremendous talent as an organist.