Bell Honored for USF Service

Sam Bell
Bell was instrumental in the founding of the USF College of Public Health.
TALLAHASSEE (2009-12-14) -

Now you can call him “Dr. Sam Bell,” as the veteran lawmaker and lobbyist was awarded an honorary degree Saturday for his role in the success of the University of South Florida’s College of Public Health.

The College is celebrating its 25th anniversary, and Bell – who sponsored the legislation creating it – has been the chairman of its advisory board all that time.

He’s especially proud that the College has graduated three thousand students with master’s and doctoral degrees.

They’re working all over the world, in India, in Africa, in Central and South America, at the NIH and the CDC. One graduate is now the CEO of Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami.

Of course, many serve in public-health units in government all over the state of Florida.

Bell represented Volusia County in the state House of Representatives, rising to Majority Leader and chair of the appropriations committee. He’s married to former Education Commissioner Betty Castor, whose daughter is U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor. D-Tampa.

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