Jamel Santa Cruze Bell to Lead Eureka College in Illinois

profile-jbell-webThe board of trustees of Eureka College in Illinois has named Jamel Santa Cruze Bell as interim president of the educational institution, effective July 1, 2016. The college hopes to begin a search for a permanent president in 2017 with the goal that a new president is installed in 2018.

Eureka College enrolls about 650 students, all undergraduates. African Americans make up 5 percent of the student body. When she take office next July, Dr. Bell will become the first woman and the first African American to lead the college in its 161-year history.

Dr. Bell joined the staff at the college in 2014 and currently serves as vice president for strategic and diversity initiatives. She previously held positions at Boston College and Saint Louis University.

Dr. Bell is a native of St. Louis, Missouri. She earned a bachelor’s degree at Missouri Western State University in Saint Joseph and holds master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Kansas.


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  1. Harry E. Stewart, Sr. - AAS, BA, BBA, MBA says:

    Dr. Bell/Wright, time has really slipped by very fast. My grandchildren are now starting to graduate from high school. Are the advantages of being a descendant of a alumni still available. I have a volleyball star that just graduated last year, her brother, a standout in football and basketball is coming out this year and they both have good academics. I also have another granddaughter that is graduating this year with a 3.8 and every top ranking that can be achieved in basketball. Her father, Sean E. Stewart, Sr. has amassed a 519 winning record. are any of these items of interest to you and Eureka. I invite you to google Kaityn Stewart “Torch” and watch her 3 point shots from NBA range.
    Wishing you well,
    Harry E. Stewart, Sr.

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