E. Stuart Powell Jr. has long coveted the opportunity that Appalachian State University has given him.”I had always wanted to teach at the college level,” he said recently. “It’s just taken me 45 years to get there.”Those 45 years now matter a great deal – particularly to the next generation of insurance professionals studying at Appalachian who can learn from his vast experience.Powell is executive-in-residence in Appalachian’s Walker College of Business. Before that, he served as the vice president of technical affairs for the Independent Insurance Agents of North Carolina Inc. (IIANC), a Cary-based trade group where he had held several positions since 1995. Between 1973 and 1995, he worked in The Powell Agency Inc. of his native Reidsville, a family-owned and -operated general insurance agency that insured numerous businesses, including banks.Shortly after retiring from IIANC this past summer, Powell began working at Appalachian, where he is teaching courses on insurance and risk management until May. The arrangement has three advantages.Continue reading on the Appalachian News page.