Bob Bell served as president of Tennessee Tech University for more than a decade, and now the university will recognize his service by naming the Nursing and Health Services Building in honor of him and his wife, Gloria, as Robert and Gloria Bell Hall.
The community is invited to a naming ceremony in the auditorium of Robert and Gloria Bell Hall Thursday, Oct. 24, at 3 p.m. A reception will follow in the hall’s rotunda and in Bell Hall 260.
“Dr. Bell recognized the need for a strong nursing school in rural Tennessee and garnered support from the state legislature, U.S. Congress and private and corporate donors to fund the construction of the Nursing and Health Services Building,” said TTU President Phil Oldham.
“Dr. Bell envisioned that this building would lead to the establishment of auxiliary programs in family life, nutrition and healthcare as catalysts for innovation and growth. This building also signaled a transformation in the nursing program so that it now better meets the needs of traditional students as well as working professionals.
“As always, Dr. Bell’s initiative was to equip students to succeed. Our students consistently pass the national licensure exam with passage rates of 97-98 percent or greater,” Oldham said.
As eighth president of Tennessee Tech, Bell led TTU through more than a decade of steady enrollment growth. TTU was consistently ranked among the nation’s best universities during his tenure, and the TTU endowment more than doubled during his presidency.
Bell joined the TTU faculty in 1976 in the College of Business, and he served as its dean from 1991 to 2000.
Gloria Bell embraced the role of serving the university and the community as first lady of Tennessee Tech. She hosted many events, established campus traditions and created a culture of appreciation for the arts, service and education.
In 2003, she created the university flag to symbolize the strengths of TTU – a proud spirit, a solid academic reputation and a foundation of character and commitment – that permeate every program at the university.
Robert and Gloria Bell Hall is located at 10 West 7th Street on the TTU campus.
The TTU Brass Arts Quintet will provide prelude and ceremony music. The quintet members are Charles Decker and Chris McCormick, trumpets; Greg Danner, horn; Joshua Hauser, trombone; and Ryan Snell, tuba.
TTU professor William E. Woodworth will provide carillon music, playing the system of bells from the clock tower of Derryberry Hall before and after the naming ceremony.
The naming ceremony will be livestreamed at http://www.tntech.edu/web/live/
For guests who cannot be accommodated in the Bell Hall auditorium, additional seating and viewing will be available in Bell Hall classrooms.
All classes in Bell Hall are cancelled Oct. 24.