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LSU Names Stuart Bell as Executive Vice Chancellor & Provost

04/19/2012 12:00 PM

BATON ROUGE – LSU has named Stuart R. Bell, dean of the School of Engineering at the University of Kansas, as the university’s new executive vice chancellor & provost, effective Aug. 1, pending approval by the LSU Board of Supervisors. Bell will replace John Maxwell Hamilton, who served as executive vice chancellor & provost on a two-year appointment that began July 1, 2010.


“We are pleased to welcome Stuart Bell to LSU and feel that his vision and experience will continue the momentum of maintaining the academic standards, quality education and research that Louisiana has come to expect from its Flagship University,” said LSU Chancellor Michael Martin. “We’d like to thank Jack Hamilton for his commitment to the university and his leadership as provost over the past two years. His hard work and dedication have been vital during these tough economic times.”


Bell was one of four finalists for the position who were welcomed to campus in March following a national search for candidates. While on campus, Bell met with administrators and gave a presentation during an open forum on March 9.


“The LSU faculty, staff, students and alumni that I have had the opportunity to meet have been just exceptional,” Bell said. “I am looking forward to working with them and the entire community, leading the university forward, meeting the challenges that are before us and toward the achievements that await us.


“My wife, Susan, and I were taken with the beauty of the campus and the area, and we are excited in becoming a part of the LSU family and the community.”


Bell has served in higher education for more than 25 years and has broad administrative experience encompassing departmental, school/college, university and system activities. Originally from Abilene, Texas, he received his bachelor’s degree in nuclear engineering as well as master’s and doctoral degrees in mechanical engineering from Texas A&M University.


Bell joined the faculty of the University of Alabama’s Department of Mechanical Engineering in 1986, before serving as head of the department from 1995-2002. While there, he founded the university’s Center for Advanced Vehicle Technologies, an interdisciplinary research center involving faculty and researchers from across the University of Alabama.  


Bell accepted the deanship of the University of Kansas School of Engineering in 2002, and as dean, he was the chief academic officer and administrator for the school. During his tenure, he led the school through strategic planning for research and academic programs as well as annual fiscal planning. He provided leadership for the seven academic units: aerospace engineering; chemical and petroleum engineering; civil, environmental and architectural engineering; electrical engineering and computer science; engineering management; engineering physics; and mechanical engineering. While he was dean, four new major centers were conceived and launched from the school with a total federal commitment of more than $70 million dollars.


Bell worked closely with the federal legislative delegation in planning and realizing major university-wide research and program successes including federal support for the construction of a new research building and several new research programs. Bell also has experience at the state system level in successfully coordinating a statewide response to a legislative request to significantly bolster engineering programs across the state of Kansas.  


For more information on Bell, visit To read more about Bell’s on-campus presentation during the interview process, visit

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