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Bob and Gloria Bell Scholarship Endowment

Dr. Bob Bell and Gloria Bell have been a vital part of Tennessee Tech University for the past 36 years. From the time of their arrival on campus in 1976 to their retirement as President and First Lady in 2012, they have given much of themselves to this community and to this University.

Bell received his Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior and Management from the University of Florida in 1972 and also taught at the University of North Florida and the University of Florida. Tennessee Tech University welcomed Bob Bell in 1976 as Chair of the Department of Business Management. AACSB accreditation was awarded to Undergraduate Business Programs, the MBA Program, and the Accounting Program during the 20 years that Bell served as Assistant, Interim, and Dean of the College of Business. Since becoming the eighth President of Tennessee Tech on July 1, 2000, Bob Bell established the Governor’s School for Information Technology Leadership and the President’s Academy for Emerging Technologies. The Whitson-Hester School of Nursing and the Millard Oakley STEM Center became reality and attract students and teachers from all over the state of Tennessee and beyond. His experience and dedication to education and the Cookeville community led him to serve as the 2004-2005 Chair of the Vision of Teaching Excellence committee for the Tennessee Board of Regents, as well as advisor, consultant, judge, chair, or co-chair of many other committees and Boards both locally and throughout Tennessee. In 1998, the U.S. Secretary of Commerce recognized Bob Bell for his work on the Board of Examiners for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. In 2005, he received the Ned McWherter Leadership Award for Performance Excellence from the Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence. In 2009 through 2011, Dr. Bob Bell was listed on President Obama’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

Gloria Granthum Bell served as an ambassador for the university throughout Cookeville and the region, as well as across the nation and around the world. Through her efforts, Tennessee Tech has become more than a university in the center of Cookeville, but a community gathering place. The official university flag, designed by Mrs. Bell in 2003, depicts a soaring golden eagle on a majestic purple background with a gold pillar of knowledge. She enjoyed spending time with students and has collaborated on several projects with them, attended many campus activities, and coordinated events in cooperation with university departments. As the first lady, she received donations to Walton House including a grand piano, fine art, furniture and rugs. She hosted many events at Walton House and welcomed thousands of people to the presidential home. Mrs. Bell often traveled with the president to represent the university at state, national, and international events and meetings. She recruited President’s Club Members and donations for the university. Gloria Bell is affiliated with many organizations, including the United Way Board of Directors, Spouse Member of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, First Ladies of Middle Tennessee, Board member and past president of the Tennessee Tech University Women’s Club, and a member of Leadership Putnam Class of 2005.

The Bells’ lifetime commitment to education will continue through their establishment of the Bob and Gloria Bell Scholarship.
Scholarships associated with Bob and Gloria Bell Scholarship Endowment
  • Bob and Gloria Bell Endowed Scholarship