Brad Neiger: Associate Academic Vice President
Dr. Brad L. Neiger is the new associate academic Vice President of
Undergraduate Studies at BYU. Previous to this assignment, he was the Associate
Dean of Life Sciences, and before that he was the chair of the Department of
His new responsibilities include managing undergraduate studies and all
curriculum development, including approving new courses or majors. He also
has some responsibility for general education, honors, prestigious scholarships,
first-year experience, forums, academic clubs, and academic internships.
In addition to this, he has some responsibility for Student Academic and
Advisement Services (SAAS), which manages registration, admissions, OneStop,
and financial aid. These responsibilities represent a massive shift from teaching
and research to administration for Dr. Neiger, but he says that administrative
jobs like these offer an opportunity for him to serve the university.
While he misses his daily interaction with students and colleagues, he loves BYU
and its mission. “In everything I do at BYU, I try to focus my energy on students
and what they need,” he says. He tries his best to be an effective teacher and
mentor and to link living the gospel with preparing for life after graduation.
Outside of his university responsibilities, Dr. Neiger loves spending time with his
wife, Sherry. He particularly enjoys temple and family history work, the beaches
in Southern California, and major league baseball and the New York Yankees.
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John Bell: Academic Vice President of BYU–Hawaii
Dr. John Bell was recently appointed as the new academic vice president of
BYU–Hawaii. At BYU, Dr. Bell served as the Dean of undergraduate education.
As such, he was in charge of general education and first-year experience, and he
worked with the honors program. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Bell served as
Associate Dean in the College of Life Sciences. He taught classes in Physiology
and Developmental Biology, Biology 100, and several general education and
Despite his busy schedule, Dr. Bell always made time for his students. They
were his first priority. Now, as Academic Vice President at BYU–Hawaii, he
is responsible for all academic programs and faculty. Because these are time-consuming
responsibilities, he has little time for teaching, although he still plans
on teaching about one course per year.
One of Dr. Bell’s favorite pastimes is scuba diving. “I’m doing a lot more of that
now than I’ve done before,” he says. He and his wife, Rhonda, have had the
opportunity to go scuba diving in many different places. He also loves collecting
shells. In fact, Dr. Bell is the curator of the shell collection at BYU’s Monte L.
Bean Life Science Museum. While he misses Provo and everybody at the college
and at the university, he loves his new job.