Director of the Business Enterprise Institute - Christi Bell
Associate Vice Chancellor and Director of the Business Enterprise Institute
Business Enterprise Institute
1901 Bragaw Street, Room 199 Anchorage, Alaska 99508
Christi Bell, currently the Associate Vice Chancellor and Executive Director of the Business Enterprise Institute (BEI), has served in leadership roles at the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) for more than 15 years. BEI encompasses the University’s suite of business and economic development programs including the Applied Environmental Research Center which brings new revenues to the University and jobs to Alaska.
Bell serves as a member of the UAA Chancellor’s Cabinet, a chair of the UAA 2025 Strategic Plan development, and contributed leadership to the shared services, Facilities & Administration (F&A), Change & Leadership, and Prioritization task forces. Bell has extensive experience with the overall UA budgeting processes and shared governance and has strong working relationships with faculty, staff, and leadership across UAA and the UA’s campuses.
Bell is regularly called upon by state and federal stakeholders to consult and provide testimony on matters impacting Alaska and the University system. With this experience as a backdrop, Bell’s focus is on providing leadership, vision, and strategic direction towards ensuring students, faculty, and staff have opportunities to engage with and benefit from relationships with public and private sector entities.
Bell holds a CEcD (Certificate in Economic Development) from the International Economic Development Council as well as a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Science in Resource Management, both from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.