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Macon State's President to Step Down in 2011

Macon State College's president will step down next June, after 14 years on the job.


In a news release from the college, David A. Bell says he intends to return to research and teaching in his field of study, philosophy.

He made the announcement Friday at a meeting of the school's academic council, the release said.


Bell first took office in 1997, as the school's interim president.


Since then, the school says, enrollment has nearly doubled from about 3,600 to more than 6,400 today; bachelor's degree programs have increased from 3 to 18; and the state has spent more than $90 million in construction at the Macon and Warner Robins campuses.


His priorities in his last nine months on the job include continuing some initiatives already under way, including the school's new freshman-year-experience program, restructuring its learning-support programs, and its first on-campus dorms, College Station.


The school's news release says the state board of regents will launch a search aimed at having Bell's successor in place by July 1, 2011.


According to the state's OpenGeorgia.gov web site, Bell was paid more than $219,000 in 2009, 12th among the 40 presidents in Georgia's university system.



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