Howard W. Bell, Jr. is the President and co-owner of Bell & Trice Enterprises, Inc. (BTE), which for over 20 years has provided business and policy consulting and training services. BTE assists higher education institutions, nonprofit institutions, government agencies, and businesses identify and implement innovative solutions to complex and difficult challenges and problems. Among the services offered by BTE are: financial analyses and management services that incorporate strategic and visioning priorities (known as Macro Trends Budgeting); strategic planning and change management services; the creation of high-performance teams; advising and facilitating governance assessments; policies and procedures reviews and revisions; and legal policy management.
Over the last four decades, Mr. Bell has had careers in banking, real estate development, and education administration. He has over 35 years of experience working with institutions of higher education as either an administrator or consultant. Prior to BTE, Mr. Bell was the Vice President for Administrative Services and Information Technologies at the University of Cincinnati (UC). In this capacity, he was the University’s chief business, operations, and information technology officer. And, in the 2003 President’s Report, then-retiring President Joe Steger, of UC, wrote– “Howard Bell transformed the business operations of the university. He took a leadership role in putting our budget on a long-term planning cycle and in introducing successful efficiencies. ”Earlier, Mr. Bell was the Vice President for Finance and Budget at Fisk University where he was the chief business, finance, and budget officer. Prior to Fisk, Mr. Bell was the Vice President for Development and Syndication for Landura Corporation of the Southeast, a real estate development company, operating in six states. And, before that, he was a commercial lending officer at State Street Bank in Boston. He has also been involved in implementing business turnaround strategies at public and private colleges and universities.
Mr. Bell earned a B.S. in Engineering and a certificate in Science and Human Affairs from Princeton University, where he received the M. Taylor Pyne Honor Prize, the Frederick Douglass Service Award, and the Princeton Engineering Award for Journalism. He also holds a M.S. in Management from the Alfred P. Sloan School of Managementat M.I.T., and a Masters in Public Policy (M.P.P.) from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Mr. Bell’s professional and volunteer activities are varied and have included serving on the following governing boards: Delta Eta Boule Foundation Board–Member, Association of Public Television Stations (Lay Vice Chairman of the Board), National Black Programming Consortium (Chairman of the Board), Cincinnati Ballet–Affiliate Board of Trustees Member, WCET-TV (Chairman of the Board for this public television station), and Greater Cincinnati Literacy Task Force.
In February 2015, The Lumina Foundation for Education invited Mr. Bell as a thought leader to attend a Convening on Redesigning the Traditional Higher Education Model. In May, 2010, Mr. Bell was listed as one of fifty-six (56) sources of expertise on issues related to higher education productivity by The Lumina Foundation.
Mr. Bell has created a STEM program that transforms at-risk students into successful students. He is also a well-respected speaker on management topics affecting colleges and universities.