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Bell named associate dean for development at Stanford Law
STANFORD - Susan S. Bell, former fund-raising director for Northwestern Law School in Chicago, has joined Stanford Law School as associate dean for development.
Dean Paul Brest announced the appointment, saying: "Susan Bell was recruited after a nationwide search and was the top choice of all who interviewed her.
"Her talent and energy in developing support for non- profit institutions will help Stanford Law School to move strongly into its second century."
Bell accepted the Stanford post after a year in San Francisco as director of the Sierra Club's major gifts program and centennial campaign.
During 1991, she also was an officer of the Association of American Law Schools as vice president of its Section on Institutional Advancement - an affiliation she is resuming this year as treasurer.
Bell's predecessor as Stanford Law School's associate dean for development, John Gilliland, now heads the school's stepped-up fund-raising efforts in the bequests, corporations, and foundations areas.
One of Bell's priorities at Stanford is to organize a capital fund-raising campaign for the high-ranked law school as it marks the 100th year since its start in 1893 as a department of Stanford University.
"It is an exciting time to be at Stanford Law School," Bell said. "The dean and faculty have dynamic plans for addressing difficulties that the legal profession and society face today and will face in the 21st century. The challenge - which I welcome - is to build the financial support needed for such progress."
Bell began her fund-raising career in 1984 as director of research in Northwestern University's Office of Foundation Relations. In 1985, she moved to the Northwestern University School of Law as its assistant director of development and alumni relations. She was director of Northwestern Law School's entire development effort from 1987 until accepting the Sierra Club post in 1990.
During her four years as the top fund-raiser for Northwestern Law School, Bell increased participation by volunteers and donors, and oversaw marked increases both in new major gifts and in the levels of regular annual giving to the school.
Bell grew up in Milwaukee and earned a bachelor's degree in English literature from Duke University in 1984.
Her husband, Steven Bell, is director of banking for Northern Trust of California, a leading private bank in the state. The couple lives in Burlingame on the San Francisco peninsula.
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