Congratulations Dr. Gerome Bell (CCL Ph.D. ’24)!

Gerome Maurice Bell, Jr., a doctoral candidate in the Ph.D. Program in Community College Leadership, successfully defended his dissertation today. His dissertation is titled, Decriminalizing Academia: Black First-Generation Community College Students in Unsatisfactory Academic Standing. His dissertation committee included Dr. Mitchell R. Williams, Chair, Dr. Michelle Bartlett, Dr. Kim E. Bullington (ODU Higher Education Program), and Dr. Felecia Commodore (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign).

Dr. Bell is an Assistant Professor of Counseling at Suffolk Community College in Riverhead, New York. He earned an M.S.W. from Stony Brook University and a bachelor’s degree from St. Joseph’s College. Dr. Bell can be reached at: