Bell was founding executive director of OU’s Enrollment Management Board, on which he has served for more than 20 years. He also has served as OU representative to the Council of Instruction of the State Regents for Higher Education for more than 20 years and on OU’s Graduation Task Force for 10 years.
Boren said he will recommend that the OU Board of Regents approve the appointment of the college’s associate dean, Kelly Damphousse, to serve as interim dean. Boren said the permanent successor to Bell will be named after an appropriate selection process. Damphousse will be eligible to be a candidate.
Damphousse joined the OU faculty in 1997, serving on the sociology faculty in addition to a two-year stint as a Faculty Fellow in the College of Liberal Studies, where he earned the Kenneth E. Crook Faculty Award for his work.
A President’s Associates Presidential Professor of sociology, he has served as associate dean for the College of Arts and Sciences since 2005 and in 2007, he was named Outstanding Mentor in the President’s Distinguished Faculty Mentoring Program.
He also serves as Big12/NCAA Faculty Athletic Representative.