BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Vice President and provost at Louisiana State University, Stuart Bell, has be recommended as President of The University of Alabama.
Stuart Bell will be recommended on June 18 during a meeting of The University of Alabama System's Board of Trustees. The recommendation will be made by the University of Alabama System Chancellor Robert Witt.
Upon approval, Bell will replace Judy Bonner and become Alabama's 29th president on July 15.
Bell has served in higher education for more than 28 years and was named LSU's Chief Academic Officer in April 2012. He received his bachelor's degree in nuclear engineering and a master's and doctoral degrees in mechanical engineering from Texas A&M University.
During his time at LSU, Bell oversaw the realignment of the AgCenter and the Law Center with the main campus, the opening of many new facilities on campus and the expansion of its online programs.
Prior to joining LSU, Bell spent 16 years at the University of Alabama as a faculty member in the UA Department of Mechanical Engineering in 1986 and as head of the department from 1995-2002. Bell also served as the dean of the School of Engineering at the University of Kansas from 2002-2012.
"It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as provost at LSU for the last three years," says Bell. "Susan and I have truly enjoyed our time at LSU, a great university made up of incredible people-faculty, staff, alumni and students. All of these groups have come together to make many achievements possible."
F. King Alexander, President and Chancellor of LSU, has announced that Richard J. Koubek, dean of LSU's College of Engineering and holder of the Bert S. Turner Chair in Engineering, will serve as interim provost while a national search is conducted.
"Stuart has been an invaluable member of my senior leadership team since my arrival in 2013. His insights and leadership have been vital as we moved from a system into one LSU," says Alexander. "He will truly be missed."
The search to replace Bell is expected to begin this summer.