Robert Bell was named president of Ball State University in February, 1981. He was the first Ball State graduate to become president of the university. Bell received his degree in 1940 and joined the faculty as an assistant professor in the business department in 1947. In 1965, he was selected as the first Dean of the College of Business and then was named Vice President of Business Affairs in 1973. He had planned to resume teaching in the College of Business when he was asked to succeed Jerry Anderson as president in an attempt to give the university some stability. Under Bells leadership, the university began initiatives in computerization for the campus, computer literacy, and applying technology to university programs. Bell retired in 1984.