Tuskegee University President Lily D. McNair has announced that Dr. Carla Jackson Bell, current dean of the Robert R. Taylor School of Architecture and Construction Sciences, will begin serving as the university’s interim provost and vice president for academic affairs beginning Jan. 3, 2020. She fills the vacancy left by Dr. Roberta Troy, who will retire from the university as interim provost at the end of the fall semester. Bell will serve in this capacity until the university’s permanent provost begins his or her tenure, which McNair expects to be during late summer. During Bell’s service as interim provost, Professor Roderick Fluker will serve as the school’s interim dean.
Bell holds a bachelor’s degree in architectural science, which she earned from Tuskegee University in 1991 before later earning a master’s in fine art from the Savannah College of Art and Design, and a Ph.D. in interdisciplinary arts and sciences with a specialization in architecture education from The Union Institute and University.
After 13 years on the Tuskegee faculty, she served in teaching and administrative roles with Auburn University’s College of Architecture, Design and Construction before returning to Tuskegee as the school’s dean in 2016. The university has retained the search firm of Isaacson, Miller to assist with the search.