Richard (Dick) Bell received his undergraduate degree from Clemson University with a B.S. in Pre-Medicine. He served in the Navy during the Viet Nam era where he flew helicopters on search and rescue missions, and also spent some time in the old C-47 (Gooney Bird) flying medical evacuations.
After active duty in the Navy he earned a J.D. degree from the University of South Carolina and then practiced law for 25 years. His practice was a general practice with an emphasis on trial work and included 2 ½ years as an Assistant District Attorney
He earned a Masters in History from The Citadel in Charleston, S.C., and then taught part time as an adjunct history professor at the local community college. He earned his Doctor of Education degree in Sport Management from the United States Sports Academy in Alabama.
He began his full time teaching career as the Chair of the U.S. Sports Academy’s Sport Management program in 2000. During that time he spent 6 months as a visiting professor in the graduate program at the University of Bahrain in the Middle East. While at the Sports Academy he was also the Editor of the Sport Journal and the Interim Dean of Academic Affairs.
Dr. Bell taught Sport Management and Business Law at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas from 2002 to 2004. He is an adjunct professor for the Universe Online at The University of the Incarnate Word teaching Business Law, Sport Management and Criminal Justice courses.
He taught sport administration at Wichita State University in 2004-2005. In August 2005 he began teaching at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, Colo. where he is currently the Director of the Sport Management program.
Dr. Bell is presently an adjunct professor at Columbia Southern University where he teaches history, business and sport management courses. He is also an adjunct professor at Waldorf University teaching business and sport law courses.
He is married to Karen and lives in Grand Junction, Colo. and Eureka Spring, Ark.