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Angela Bell Named New University System Head of Research

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Atlanta — June 13, 2014

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Dr. Angela Bell has been named as the senior executive director for Research, Policy and Analysis for the University System of Georgia (USG).

Bell currently is vice chancellor of Policy and Planning for the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, which develops and oversees a public policy agenda for the state’s 12 campus, four-year public higher education system.

Bell will begin her new responsibilities on July 1, 2014, according to Dr. Houston Davis, USG executive vice chancellor and chief academic officer. “Angela Bell’s wealth of higher education experience made her an excellent choice to address a number of critical opportunities here in the University System related to our ongoing efforts to better serve students,” Davis said. “She will help us as we aggressively move forward with our Complete College Georgia agenda and the heavy data demands this initiative will make on our research and analysis capabilities.”

In her new role with the USG, Bell will direct the design of data collection and analysis to support research, planning, and policy development and implementation. She will report to Shelley Nickel, vice chancellor for Planning.

The Office of Research, Policy and Analysis serves as the research arm of the University System Office and the Board of Regents, analyzing higher education and related state and national policy issues and their impact on the USG.

The Office benchmarks USG institutions’ performance indicators against those of national peers. The department also is responsible for policy level administration of USG primary data systems for students, curriculum, and degrees and majors; provides guidance and support of USG institutional strategic planning and institutional effectiveness initiatives and supports System planning.

Prior to her current position at the Higher Education Policy Commission, Bell worked for the Commission as a research and planning analyst.

Her research has focused on financial aid policy analysis and factors shaping postsecondary student success and time to degree such as student background, developmental education, transfer, and enrollment intensity.

Bell completed her doctorate in higher education administration at the University of Georgia in 2008.

Prior to pursuing her doctorate, she was a high school Latin teacher for nine years and worked for a year as an academic advisor at the University of Georgia.

She earned a bachelor of arts degree from Princeton University, Princeton, N.J. and a master’s in language education from the University of Georgia.

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