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Monday, March 12, 2012
Nicola Lawler
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Talladega, Alabama—Talladega College is proud to announce and add to its illustrious list, the Talladega graduates who have become college & university presidents. The University of Maryland Easter Shore (UMES) announced this week, that Dr. Juliette B. Bell is their new president. Dr. Bell’s official appointment begins July 1.

Dr. Bell is a native of Talladega, Alabama. She earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Talladega College in 1977. She then went on to earn a PhD in chemistry with a biochemistry concentration from Atlanta University (now Clark-Atlanta University) and she completed postdoctoral research at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. Bell has been serving as the provost and vice president for academic affairs at Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio.

Dr. Billy C. Hawkins, president of Talladega College states, “I am proud of Dr. Bell’s achievement. This institution has produced top graduates who have impacted education, research and industry around the world. To date, Dr. Bell records as the 14th graduate of Talladega College that has become a College president.”

The chair of the University System of Maryland Board of Regents, Patricia S. Florestano, remarks, “We are extremely pleased that Dr. Bell has accepted our appointment as president of UMES. She has an impressive record of outstanding leadership in many areas, including enhancing academic excellence, creating opportunities to attract research and private support, and nurturing pathways of success for students. The board is confident that she will serve the university, our system, and our state extremely well in the years ahead.”

The first college president Talladega College produced is Nathan Young, Class of 1884, who became the president of Florida A & M University in 1901 and then later president of Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri. Since then the list has included: Dr. Jefferson Ish, Class of 1907, president of Arkansas Agricultural, Mechanical & Normal College (now UAPB); Dr. Joseph Drake, Class of 1916, president of Alabama A&M University; Dr. Aaron Brown, Class of 1928, president of Albany State University and Interim President of Talladega College; Dr. Waldo Blanchette, Class of 1931, president of Fort Valley State University; Dr. Herman Long, Class of 1935, president of Talladega College; Dr. Broadus Butler, Class of 1941, president of Dillard University; Dr. Jewel Plummer Cobb, Class of 1944, president of California State University, Fullerton; Dr. Marguerite Archie-Hudson, Class of 1958, president of Talladega College; Dr. Oscar Prater, Class of 1961, president of Fort Valley State University and president of Talladega College; Dr. William Harvey, Class of 1961, president and one of the longest serving college presidents in the nation at Hampton University; Dr. Joe A. Lee, Class of 1968, president of Tougaloo College and Alabama State University; Dr. Helen T. McAlpine, Class of 1970, president of J.F. Drake Technical School (named after TC alumnus and former president of AAMU) in Huntsville, Alabama.

“The Board of Trustees, administration, faculty, staff and I celebrate this esteemed honor with Dr. Bell. We applaud her success. We also stand proud of the caliber of graduates that this institution produces, and we look forward to greater heights for generations to come,” remarks President Hawkins.

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The history of Talladega College began on November 20, 1865, when two former slaves William Savery and Thomas Tarrant, both of Talladega, met in convention with a group of new freedmen in Mobile, Alabama.

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