Dr. Gary Bell, Honors College Dean Emeritus, has been at Texas Tech for over 22 years. A professor of History, he earned his
B.A. degree from Brigham Young University and his M.A. and Ph.D. at the University
of California at Los Angeles. Before coming to TTU, he served as the Director and
Dean of the Honors program at Sam Houston State University. In 1993, he was chosen
as Director of the Honors Program at Texas Tech University which at that time had
only 4 students. With the support of the President, Provost, and Dean of the College
of Arts and Sciences, and a good deal of ingenuity and hard work, the program grew
into a College. He became the founding Dean of the Honors College in 1999. He stepped
down from the deanship in 2009. During the decade of his deanship, Dr. Bell established
the Honors College as one of the few comprehensive honors colleges in the nation with
its own faculty. The stature of the College as it is today is in large measure a legacy
of Dr. Gary Bell.
Dr. Gary Bell's background in Honors Programs, and the experience and knowledge that
he brought to bear on the growth of the Honors College is why the Honors College House
of KNOWLEDGE bears the name BELL.
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