Tuskegee University chooses Alumna as New Dean of the Robert R. Taylor School of Architecture and Co


TUSKEGEE, Ala. (December 2, 2015) — Part of Tuskegee University’s rich institutional legacy has returned to lead the Robert R. Taylor School of Architecture and Construction Science in the New Millennium. Starting January 5, 2016, the school’s new dean will be Dr. Carla Jackson Bell. In addition to her 23 years of professional experience in higher education administration, she is a Tuskegee alumna and the daughter of the late John W. Jackson Jr., who was campus architect from 1963 to 1977.

“To date, my family has a total of seven proud Tuskegee graduates that maintain a lifelong devotion to the institution and to the Tuskegee community,” Bell said. “I am honored to be a part of leading the school in new, exciting directions.” - Bell

Since 2006, she has served as a faculty member and the director of Multicultural Affairs in the College of Architecture, Design and Construction (CADC) at Auburn University. Her contributions in the CADC have led to an approximately 11 percent increase in the success, retention and graduation rates of students of color. Under Bell’s leadership and tutelage, the architecture, landscape architecture, and community planning students at Auburn won first place for three consecutive years – 2013, 2012 and 2011 – in the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) student design competition out of 15 student teams from architecture and design schools from across the country.

“My vision will be to bring the Robert R. Taylor School of Architecture and Construction Science into the 21st century by implementing best practices to recruit and retain stellar students, integrating multicultural understanding and incorporating cultural learning approaches, and through sheer determination to build positive collegial and alumni collaborations," she said.

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