October 02, 2008

School of Law alumnus named vice president of Government and Community Relations at Case Western Reserve University

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David A. Bell, former general counsel of the Arizona State University Foundation in Tempe, Ariz., has come back to Cleveland and Case Western Reserve University as vice president for government and community relations. Bell was an associate general counsel at Case Western Reserve in the Office of General Counsel from 2003-2006. His new appointment was in August.

As vice president for government and community relations, Bell is responsible for working at the federal, state and local government levels to identify and develop support, including funding, for strategic university initiatives.

Bell will oversee the university's Office of Government and Community Relations, which serves as a key point of contact with local, state and federal public officials and community-based organizations. He also will work in partnership with other universities and related organizations on a range of legislative, policy and advocacy issues when appropriate.

"I plan to work closely with our deans, faculty and staff as they engage with legislators and government agencies and try to promote broader support for our research and other important initiatives," Bell said. He said he also looks forward to working closely with the experienced members of his government and community relations team, which includes Adrienne Dziak, associate vice president for government and community relations; Latisha James, director of the Center for Community Partnerships; and Donna Thomas, the office's administrative assistant.

"Their assistance has been and will continue to be invaluable to me," Bell said. "They're a talented and professional group and I look forward to working with all of them in service of the university's mission."

A 1990 alumnus of the School of Law, Bell may be one of the few members of the Case Western Reserve community who can claim President Barbara Snyder as one of his former law professors. Snyder was an assistant professor of law at the university from 1983-1986.

"President Snyder was my constitutional law professor my first year of law school," Bell said. "I admired her passion and energy in the classroom, and I'm proud to say I was one of her students."

Bell lives in Shaker Heights with his wife, Meg. They have three children.

For more information contact Laura M. Massie, 216.368.4442.

Posted by: Kimyette Finley, October 2, 2008 10:22 AM | News Topics: Alumni, Appointments, Community Outreach, HeadlinesMain, School of Law, Staff, news

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