Dillard University president Dr. Rochelle L. Ford has announced that Dr. Linda J. Bell will step into the role of director of the Department of Athletics. Since 2018, Bell has served as director of compliance and the senior women’s administrator at Fort Valley State University in Georgia. In her role, she is responsible for compliance, internal operations, fundraising efforts, strategic planning as well as oversight of women’s volleyball, women’s basketball and softball. Fort Valley State is an NCAA Division II institution in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) with 12 sports. Bell is also Fort Valley State’s Title IX deputy coordinator for athletics and a member of the university’s Quality Enhancement Plan steering committee.
“We are pleased to welcome Dr. Bell to Dillard,” said Ford. “We took note of the diverse environments where she has worked, and Dr. Bell’s dedication to the concept of scholar athletes ensuring that each of our Blue Devil and Lady Bleu Devil teams maintain strong GPAs and graduate on time. I appreciate her love of collegiate athletics and passion for developing students’ leadership skills.”