Raised at Fourteen Mile Creek in Ranger (Lincoln County), David Bell attended a two-room elementary school called Orchard Branch. He calls it the best learning environment he ever attended. After graduating from Guyan Valley High School, he attended Marshall University and majored in Secondary Education. During his college days, he worked at fast food, car washes, and a full-time job at night with the Herald-Dispatch while attending school during the day. After graduating from Marshall, he was commissioned in the U.S. Army as a Tank Officer and later graduated from Army Flight School. During his time in the military, he served on the General Staff of the 101st Airborne Division. After completion of his military obligation, he would later serve with the WV Army National Guard as a helicopter pilot.
He was employed by the Lincoln County School System in 1975 and held jobs in various capacities including Maintenance Director, Asst. Principal, and Principal of both Guyan Valley and Duval High Schools. Upon his retirement in 2003, he worked for Integrated Computer Services instructing teachers how to use computers effectively in the classroom. He was also the West Virginia State Director of Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic (now Learning Ally). During his career, he taught college classes as an adjunct faculty member of both Southern Community and Technical College and Marshall University. He holds a master’s degree from Marshall University in School Administration as well as a Superintendent’s Certificate.
Mr. Bell has held positions in various community and civic organizations, including sitting on several boards as a director. He is a member of Hamlin Baptist Church and is married to Gloria Smith Bell, a retired Kindergarten teacher, and they have two sons and two grandsons.
He was elected to the Lincoln County Board of Education in May 2022 and is currently serving as President of the Board. He has declared that he will only serve one term on the Board and will donate his salary to school and civic organizations and causes. His focus as a school board member is academics, particularly Pre-K thru 3. “If kids don’t get a solid foundation in those early years, they will struggle academically forever”, he said. He also has a keen interest in improving Lincoln County’s CTE (vocational) programs. He stresses that the whole purpose of the public school system is educating kids in the most common sense and practical way.
“I am honored to be serving with this current edition of the Lincoln County Board. This is a group that will work tirelessly to do the right thing.”