A career biochemist will take the reins of the
Juliette B. Bell, the current provost and vice president for academic affairs at
Bell has two decades of experience in higher education, including research, teaching and administration
The first of her family to attend college — she holds bachelor's and doctorate degrees in chemistry biochemistry — Bell has advocated throughout her career for increasing the number of minority scientists and the opportunities for students to participate in scientific research.
The UMES release said Bell was responsible for establishing the first College of Science and Engineering at Central State University, where she also developed programs to support retention of freshmen and transfer students, the university's first online courses, and the international education programming.
Considered a trailblazing female biochemist, Bell was featured with astronaut Mae Jameson and U.S. Surgeon General Jocelyn Elders in a Chicago
"As an accomplished scholar and scientist, she has the experience needed to further align UMES' academic, research, and outreach activities with the workforce and economic development needs of the Eastern Shore and the state, especially in the science, technology, engineering, mathematics fields," William E. Kirwan, chancellor of the
Kirwan also said that Bell's record as a successful grants writer and fundraiser will help "in attracting outside resources and developing partnerships that are so critical, especially during these difficult economic times."