A friend of a friend-Sharon Bell-Christine Bell-November 6

One thing I have learned is that good friends have other good friends. This is a series of stories about “friends of my friends”. The post below is the story for November 6, 2015.

My goal in 2015 is to learn or get re-acquainted with 365 people and doing a daily post on the “the friend of a friend” is helping me get closer to my goal.

Last week I wrote about husband and wife teams that work at UNC Pembroke. We also have lots of example where parents and one of their children work at the university. I work on campus in Lumbee Hall and this building also houses the Enrollment Management Division. One of the talented young professional leaders who worked in Admissions is Christine Bell.

Lumbee Hall at UNC Pembroke


In August Christine left the Admissions team at UNCP to accept a promotion on campus within Academic Affairs and specifically the School of Business. Christine was appointed Executive in Residence for Internships. In this new position some of Christine’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to oversight of the School of Business internship program, engagement with the local business community, and working closely with the School of Business Dean to arrange the School’s Business Speaker series. This is a great hire for our School of Business but it will leave a void in Admissions where Christine was outstanding.

Her new role requires her to possess the ability to be a team player and be receptive and sensitive to the needs of our diverse constituents. Those constituents include the student population, faculty members, and other Executives in Residence. This position also needs someone who can serve as a link between the School of Business and the business community. The search committee found someone in Christine who can do all of the above.

Christine is also a new home owner in Lumberton and my wife and I enjoy hearing about her stories that involve repairs and renovations. We experienced that with our house in Lumberton and we love when young leaders like Christine decide to do the same thing. She happens to live on the same street as a lot of other friends of ours including Ben and Heather Miller, Shane and Jenna Richardson, and Lynn and Gary Noble.

Christine Bell new home sold to her by real estate agent and friend Chelsea Biggs Sullivan.

christine house

We also get to see Christine often out with some of her lifelong Lumberton friends including Lauren Hardin Morse, Chelsea Biggs Sullivan, and Katie Caldwell. Each of these young ladies have strong ties to our family.

Christine with her friends.

Christine friends

Christine mom is also an employee of UNC Pembroke and her name is Sharon Bell.


Christine Bell

The Friend of the Friend-SHARON BELL

Sharon Bell Associate Professor School of Business Phone: 910-521-6462 Email: sharon.bell@uncp.edu

The Mom and the Professor

Sharon Bell is an associate professor in the Department of Accounting and Finance at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.  She joined the faculty in 1989.  In her twenty-seven years at UNCP she has influenced a lot of students.

In fact one of her former students Nick Arena is now a faculty member at UNCP. Nick worked for several global firms within the automotive aftermarket, fluid power and electrical equipment industry segments for over thirty years.  He decided to come back to school and get his MBA at UNCP and worked closely with Sharon. He earned an MBA from the UNCP where he was the Outstanding MBA Student of the year 2003. It was an award that Sharon presented to him.

(l-r) Sharon Bell, Nick Arena, and Howard Brooks at 2003 UNCP Business Vision Awards.


Sharon is licensed as a CPA in the State of NC and has had that certification for over twenty years.  She also holds the Certified Management Accounting designation.

Before she came to UNCP in 1989 she was on the faculty at Robeson Community College and held accounting positions with multiple businesses.

Sharon is also active in the business community and frequently invites local CPAs to her classes to evaluate student presentations.  She primarily teaches financial, managerial, and cost accounting courses.  She is a recipient of the Bell South Foundation Award for Excellence in Academic Advising and two UNCP Teaching Awards.

She serves on numerous university committees and as an advisor to the Accounting Student Association.  Sharon is a UNCP alumnus and received her undergraduate degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting from Pembroke State University and the Master of Business Administration degree from Campbell University.

When you see the type of leader that Christine Bell is you don’t have to look far these days to see the mom that influenced her along the way. Glad we have Team Bell at UNCP.

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