IPFW Names New Athletic Director

By Dean Pantazi

June 18, 2010 Updated Jul 5, 2007 at 8:48 PM EDT

(Fort Wayne) - IPFW Chancellor Dr. Michael A. Wartell announced Monday that James T. (Tommy) Bell has been hired as the new Director of Athletics at IPFW.

Bell comes to IPFW from Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
He has been the Constituent Development Officer for the Saluki's Department of Athletics since October of 2001. As the Director of Athletic Development, Bell oversaw a staff of two that managed all fundraising efforts within the department. He established the Saluki Athletic Scholarship Fund in the Fall of 2002 and increased that fund by over 100%. Bell received his undergraduate degree from Virginia Tech in 1979 and his Master of Science in Education from Radford University in 1987.

His previous development experience was at Northern Illinois University as Assistant Athletic Director for Development from 1990 to 1999. He also served as Head Athletic Trainer at Radford University in Virginia from 1980 to 1984 and then serving full time as athletic trainer for the Philadelphia Phillies AAA affiliate Portland Beavers from 1984-1987.
Tommy and his wife Laurie currently live in Makanda, IL and have two children; Joey (22) and Courtney (20), both are attending SIU.
Bell replaces former AD Mark Pope who resigned in May.

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