PhD Gary Bell resigns as Honors College Dean at TTU - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4/16/10

PhD Gary Bell resigns as Honors College Dean at TTU

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Texas Tech is looking for a new Honors College dean after disagreements between administration led the current one to step down.

After 17 years, founding dean of the Honors College Doctor Gary Bell is resigning because of unresolved issues.

Bell says as Tech tries reaching Tier One Status, the administration is focusing more on research and less on actual undergraduate education.

He also points to several issues like classrooms being taken away.

"No one has told me first of all that those classes were going to be taken away and secondly no one's explained to me why they were taken away - I'm the dean of the college - that's a bit of a slap in the face," says Dr. Gary Bell, Ph.D.

Bell says honors courses were cut from 80 to less than 50 even though the college is growing in numbers.

He also says he wrote a letter outlining the issues but administration never responded.

Bell's resignation is effective May 31st; he'll then continue to be a history professor at Tech.

Coming up on KCBD NewsChannel 11 at 10, we'll have what Tech's provost has to say about the resignation.

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