Thomas Bell graduated in 2004 with a BS in Group Social Studies and Political Science. Thomas was actively involved in GVSU campus life, including serving as Student Senate President during his final year.
Thomas furthered his education at Colorado State University, earning his Master of Science in Higher Education and Student Affairs in 2006 and his PhD in Education and Human Services with a concentration in Higher Education and Higher Education Administration in 2019.
Since leaving Grand Valley, Thomas has worked in various capacities in higher education, serving as an independent higher education consultant, a Residence Director at the University of Vermont, and the Director of Accreditation at Madonna University. He also consulted for the Michigan Department of Education.
Currently, Thomas works for the University of Michigan-Flint as Director of the Center for Educator Preparation since 2016 and additionally since 2020 as the Director of the Urban Institute for Racial, Economic, and Environmental Justice.
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