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DEd, United States Sports Academy
JD, University of South Carolina
MA, the Citadel Graduate College
BS, Clemson University


Richard Bell, DEd, received his Bachelor of Science in Pre-Medicine from Clemson University and then earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of South Carolina. Bell then went on to earn his Master of Arts in history from the Citadel Graduate College and finally his Doctorate of Education in sports management from the United States Sports Academy. Bell previously served as the Program Director of Sports Management and is currently an instructor of kinesiology.

Bell is the son of an Air Force career officer and during his childhood lived in eight states and two foreign countries. After his graduation from Clemson he joined the Navy and served nine years as a naval aviator on active duty and in the reserves. He attended law school after active duty in the Navy and practiced law privately and as an Assistant District Attorney for 25 years. In 1998 he began teaching as an adjunct professor in history at a local community college, and in 2000 he left the practice of law and began teaching full time.

His first full-time teaching position was as Director of the sport management program at the U.S. Sports Academy, where he also served as Interim Dean of Academic Affairs. He spent six months teaching in the graduate program at the University of Bahrain in the Kingdom of Bahrain as a visiting professor. He taught business and sport management courses at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio for two years and then spent a year at Wichita State University, before coming to Colorado Mesa University in 2005. He has taught workshops in sport management in Hong Kong, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Malaysia, Bangkok and Bahrain.


Bell promotes success for his students by working with them throughout their college experience. He works as an advisor to students and takes the sport management students on several trips each year to learn aspects of sport management first hand.

Bell has taught business and business law courses, and history courses in western civilization, U.S. and the U.S. military. He has designed a criminal justice program for another university and has taught criminal justice courses. He has also traveled and put on week-long workshops in many areas of sport management.

Richard Bell's curriculum vitae