Bell & Trice Enterprises, Inc.

Sheila Trice Bell
Executive Vice President
Bell & Trice Enterprises, Inc.
1629 K Street NW, Suite 300
Washington, DC 20006

Direct: 202-467-8050

Sheila Trice Bell is Executive Vice President and co-owner of Bell & Trice Enterprises, Inc. which is a multifaceted provider of business and policy consulting and training services. BTE assists higher education institutions, nonprofit institutions, governmental agencies, and businesses identify and implement innovative solutions to complex and difficult challenges and problems. Ms. Bell is also an attorney with over 20 years of experience in higher education law. Since 2000 Ms. Bell has provided strategic, tactical, change management and training consulting services to BTE’s varied clients.

Ms. Bell’s experience includes having been the Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer for the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA), which serves U.S. and international higher education institutions. As NACUA’s CEO she led the Association's overall operations and was its designated liaison with federal agencies and higher education associations. During a time of significant growth of services, she managed the collection, review and dissemination of information on legal developments in higher education to NACUA member institutions and their lawyers.

Her experience in board governance leadership includes serving as a chief governing board professional. She reported directly to the Board of Governors for the Colorado State University System during a time of leadership transition. As general counsel to universities, a board professional and as a management consultant, her governance leadership experience includes advising governing boards on governance requirements and best practices. She has administered successful CEO searches, revised governing documents including board bylaws and policies, advised on fiduciary requirements including accountability requirements and open meeting and open records laws for public institutions, and worked collaboratively with colleagues to develop and present board orientations and board education.

Ms. Bell served as the University Legal Counsel to Northern Kentucky University (NKU). For part of her time at NKU she also oversaw NKU’s affirmative action activities. Earlier she was General Counsel to Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee. She has also been in general private legal practice in Nashville, TN and in Boston, MA.

Ms. Bell received her undergraduate degree from Wellesley College and her J.D. from Harvard Law School. She is a member of the Massachusetts, Tennessee, Kentucky and District of Columbia Bars. She is also admitted to practice before several federal courts, including the United States Supreme Court.

Professional and volunteer activities for Ms. Bell are varied and have included serving on: the Committee on Accreditation for the American Psychological Association; accreditation follow-up teams of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools; the NACUA Board of Directors as a member-at-large and as Secretary; the Board of Channel 48, WCET (Cincinnati, Ohio’s public television station); and the Board of Bethesda Hospital in Cincinnati, OH.

She is a recipient of the 1995 Thomas S. Biggs, Jr. Award, awarded at the National Conference on Law & Higher Education for dedicated legal service to the university community.

She has been a member of the Board of Directors of United Educators (UE), an insurance company owned by and serving higher education institutions—including several years as Secretary/Treasurer to the UE Board. She has also served on the Board of Directors of the American Council on Education and on the Washington Higher Education Secretariat.

As an adjunct professor at the George Washington University Law School, Ms. Bell taught higher education law. She has also written and spoken extensively on a wide range of issues at numerous conferences and workshops.