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Media Alert: Bentley Vice President Available to Comment on Affirmative Action and University of Michigan Case

July 8, 2003

WALTHAM, Mass. - André L. Bell, vice president for Marketing, Communication, and Enrollment is available to the media to speak about both affirmative action issues in higher education and the recent Supreme Court ruling regarding the University of Michigan.

Bell brings to the topic over 30 years experience in college admissions and financial aid, plus the perspective of a former inner city public housing project child who attended higher education through a special outreach effort at Northwestern University on the heels of the passing of the Title IV, Higher Education Amendments (1965) as a freshman in 1966.

Bell joined Bentley in 1995 as vice provost and dean for enrollment and assumed the vice president position in 1999. Previously, he was at University of California-Berkeley as the director of the office of undergraduate admission and relations with schools; special assistant to the president for enrollment planning and financial aid at Mills College; and director of financial aid and assistant dean of students at Northwestern University. A member of the board of directors of The Higher Education Resources Institute of Boston (TERI), he serves as a member of The College Board, College and University Enrollment Services committee. In 2002, he was elected to a three-year term for "The College Board New England Region"; during the first year, he will serve as Chair-Elect of the New England Regional Assembly, the second year as Chair of the Program Planning Committee for the 2003 New England Regional Meeting and the third year as Past Chair, and Chair of the Nominating committee. He earned both a B.A. and M.A. from Northwestern University.

BENTLEY UNIVERSITY is one of the nation’s leading business schools, dedicated to preparing a new kind of business leader – one with the deep technical skills, broad global perspective, and high ethical standards required to make a difference in an ever-changing world. Our rich, diverse arts and sciences program, combined with an advanced business curriculum, prepares informed professionals who make an impact in their chosen fields. Located on a classic New England campus minutes from Boston, Bentley is a dynamic community of leaders, scholars and creative thinkers. The Graduate School emphasizes the impact of technology on business practice, in offerings that include MBA and Master of Science programs, PhD programs in accountancy and in business, and customized executive education programs. The university enrolls approximately 4,100 full-time undergraduate, 140 adult part-time undergraduate, 1,430 graduate, and 43 doctoral students. Bentley is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges; AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business; and the European Quality Improvement System, which benchmarks quality in management and business education. For more information, please visit

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