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Mary Bell

Mary Bell

Mary Bell

Dean, The Beacom College of Computer & Cyber Sciences


The Beacom College of Computer & Cyber Sciences


Ph.D. International Studies, Old Dominion University, 2018
M.A. International Relations, St. Mary’s University, 2000
B.A. International Business, Las Cruces, 1992


Dr. Mary Bell is the Dean of The Beacom College of Computer and Cyber Sciences.
Dr. Bell holds 34 years of leadership experience and 13 years of teaching experience prior to joining Dakota State University. She also has 20 years of service in the U.S. Army, with expertise in aviation and intelligence. 
Her experience includes her most recent position as professor and faculty department head of Operational Art and Campaign Planning at the National Defense University, Joint Forces Staff College, Joint Advanced Warfighting School in Norfolk, Virginia, where she taught on topics including cyberspace, intelligence, information, and space considerations. 
Bell has held positions as Assistant Professor at the U.S. Air Force Academy to Open Skies Treaty Mission Commander for the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, and Commander of the UH-60 Blackhawk Helicopter Troop. She has expertise in U.S. energy policy, women, peace, and security issues, as well as Euro-Atlantic and Indo-Pacific relations. She has been published in several professional journals such as the Joint Forces Quarterly and the Academic Journal of Joint Forces Staff College. 
Bell has a Ph.D. in International Studies from Old Dominion University, a Master’s degree in International Relations from St. Mary’s University (Texas), and a Bachelor’s degree in International Business from New Mexico State University.


Office Location: Beacom Institute of Technology
Phone: (605) 256-5838

Joint Civilian Service Commendation Award (2nd award)  
Master Aviator Badge  
Defense Meritorious Service Medal (2nd award)  
Aerial Achievement Medal  
Meritorious Service Medal (3rd award)  
Army Commendation Medal (3rd award)  
Army Achievement Medal (7th award)  
USAF Outstanding Unit Award  
National Defense Service Medal (2nd award)  
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal  
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal  
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal  
Korean Defense Service Medal  
Humanitarian Service Medal  
Iraq Campaign Medal with Campaign Star  
Army Service Ribbon 
Overseas Service Ribbon (2nd Award)