For Immediate Release
Shaw University Elects New Board Chair, Officers
RALEIGH, NC (May 16, 2012)
– Shaw University,
the first historically black university in the South, today announced
the election of new officers to its Board of Trustees. Dr. Joseph N.
Bell, Jr. was elected as board chairman and will
succeed Dr. Willie E. Gary, who was re-elected as a board member. In
addition, Dr. Lorenzo Williams was elected vice-chairman and Dr. H.
Donell Lewis was elected secretary. Each officer will serve a two-year
term effective July 1, 2012.
Bell, a Shaw alumnus, currently serves as the vice-chair of the
Board and holds several Board positions, including vice chair of the
Executive Committee; chair of the Fiscal Affairs Committee; chair of the
Trusteeship Committee; member of the Investment Committee and member of
the Property Acquisition and Business Development
Committee. He has also served as chair of two Transition Committees
during changes in administrations.
earning his Bachelor of Arts degree from Shaw University in 1970,
Dr. Bell established himself in the banking industry, having served as
Executive Vice President of Carver State Bank in Savannah, GA. His wife,
Carolyn Hodges Bell, a 1971 Shaw graduate, was recently elected
Alderman-at-Large for the Savannah City Council.
In addition, Dr. Bell served as Executive Director of the Chatham
Association of Educators, an affiliate of the Georgia Association of
Educators and the National Education Association,
for almost 25 years.
Shaw University was founded in 1865 and is the oldest historically
black university in the south. Shaw University is a private, co-educational
liberal arts University, that awards degrees at both the undergraduate and
graduate levels. The primary mission of Shaw University is teaching with the
commitment to maintain excellence in research and academic programs that foster
intellectual enhancement and technological skills.