About Eugene Bell, Jr.
Eugene Bell, Jr. was born July 22, 1953 to the late Eugene Bell, Sr. and the late Annie Kelly Bell. Eugene was raised in Port Gibson, Mississippi in a small countryside community called Ingleside. Growing up, they didn't have a lot of money or material things, but they were provided for through a lot of hard work. (They got electricity when he was nine years old.) His parents knew what was important and they instilled in him a strong work ethic and an even stronger desire to succeed. They emphasized recognizing right and wrong and believed you should treat others the way you wanted to be treated. His parents taught by example; throughout his life, Eugene has admired the example his father set. After graduating high school, Eugene left the familiarity of his small, tight knit community, went on to attend college, and attained great success.
Eugene spent most of his high school years at Addison High School. The schools integrated for his senior year of 1970/1971. In high school, he was in the Band, played the lead role in the senior play, in the honor society, on the student council, and other activities. He received an academic scholarship to Jackson State University for academic achievement and ACT scores.
After graduating cum laude from Jackson State University, in 1975, with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science, Eugene worked as a human resource trainee for the Department of Navy at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C. During his 13 year tenure with the Navy, Eugene developed human resources policies, and subsequently served as Head of Employment and Recruitment at what is now known as the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (formerly Bethesda Naval Hospital).
Eugene has worked in senior-level human resources positions at the Department of Treasury, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Department of Education, and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). Eugene also served as Director of the Employment and Position Management Division at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. This included providing guidance to EEOC in all 50 states on human resources functions and personnel security.
Before retiring, Eugene worked at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation for eight years as Assistant Director of Human Resources. He had national responsibility for pay policy, hiring, college recruitment, organizational design, and other functions.
Eugene took a great deal of pride in the people he helped along the way. Many were African-American who went on to careers with far more potential than they otherwise would have had.
Eugene completed Executive training at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management and the Xerox Training Center.
Eugene is married to Judith Jones Bell and has two daughters, Lauren and Lena.
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