Ryan Bell
Director of First Year Academic Success
Director of First Year Advising
Instructor of General Studies
Department: General Studies, Student Life, Student Success
Office:  Renfro 306
P.O. Box:  6716
Phone:  (828) 689-1381

Mr. Bell administers services to support new traditional first-year and transfer students. He coordinates and teaches First Year Seminars FYS 111 and FYS 112, directs first year academic advising, and instructs other General Studies courses.

Mr. Bell’s academic interests include high impact practices in higher education, the seminar and dialogic shared inquiry, regional culture and environmental conservation, and the fine arts. He is a leader of the Bailey Mountain Preservation Project, the coach / advisor of MHU’s Ethics Bowl team and ultimate frisbee club, and he serves on the board of the downtown Mars Hill First Fridays association.

Mr. Bell first came to Western North Carolina as an Appalachian Trail ‘thru-hiker’ in 2004 and to Mars Hill University in 2010. He lives in Mars Hill with his wife, professor Felice Lopez Bell, and their two children, Miles and Carmen.

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