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Greg Bell will be AVP of Graduate Education

Dr. Greg Bell, currently serving as director of graduate studies of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, will be UNCG’s new associate vice provost of Graduate Education, effective August 1.

Bell joined the faculty of UNCG in 2005, when the Mathematics and Statistics department was finalizing the PhD program in Computational Mathematics. Previous to coming to UNCG, Bell earned his PhD from University of Florida and was a visiting assistant professor at the University of Louisville and a postdoctoral researcher at Penn State University. His most recent work has appeared in North Carolina Journal of Mathematics and Statistics and Topology and its Applications.

In his department at UNCG, Bell has seen the enrollment in graduate programs grow from 14 to 40 students. He says the most enjoyable thing about being director of graduate studies is working with the students, and developing the program for them.

“I’ve enjoyed watching them transform from students to colleagues. And I’ve learned that graduate curricula need to be adaptable.”

While Bell has been director of graduate studies, the department has initiated new concentrations within the master’s program to meet the needs of career-focused students in data analytics or actuarial mathematics. In recent years, Bell has led incoming graduate students in a seminar on teaching mathematics, incorporating the students’ ideas and innovations as well as new technology.

“Working with these students has taught me that there’s always room to innovate and improve,” he said.

As the associate vice provost of graduate education, Bell looks forward to meeting with directors of graduate study from various departments, and helping to address their needs. He also plans to focus on graduate student professional development and on strengthening relationships with local industries.

“We are very excited to have Dr. Bell join the Graduate School as associate vice provost for Graduate Education,” said Vice Provost of Graduate Education Dr. Kelly Burke. “He brings years of experience working with graduate students and is highly interested in developing programs that attend to their professional development and enrich their graduate experiences.”

By Susan Kirby Smith