The Eureka College Board of Trustees has announced a new interim president.
Jamel Santa Cruze Bell will take over as interim president at the college effective July 1, 2016.
Bell joined Eureka College in 2014 as the special assistant to the president and currently serves as the vice president for strategic and diversity initiatives, responsible for overseeing strategic planning, communications, diversity and inclusion efforts and Title IX compliance.
Bell will serve as interim president until a permanent president is hired to replace J. David Arnold, who was recently appointed by the Board of Trustees as chancellor of the college. Arnold will also begin his new role as chancellor on July 1, 2016.
“Bell’s interim appointment will provide continuity and allow for a more seamless transition as Arnold begins his new role, and will also provide the Board with adequate time to begin a national search for a new president,” said Jim Hengst, chair of the Eureka College Board of Trustees.
“We are thrilled to appoint Dr. Bell as the interim president,” Hengst said. “Her appointment gives the college a unique opportunity to experience a known campus leader with a fresh perspective while also continuing the significant strides forward that we have grown accustomed to during Arnold’s 11-year tenure.”
As a professor and administrator, Bell has a record of achievements in teaching, scholarship and service in several college and university settings, including Boston College, Saint Louis University, and Eureka College.
“We have a strong leadership team and a dedicated base of faculty, staff, students, alumni, donors and friends'” said Bell. “I look forward to leading Eureka College, and continuing to foster mutually-motivating attitudes among stakeholders as we provide our students with an intentionally transformative experience.”