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DCCCD Chancellor Names New HR Vice Chancellor

Denys Blell

For immediate release - Dec. 14, 2005

(DALLAS) – Dr. Jesus “Jess” Carreon, chancellor of the Dallas County Community College District, has named Denys Santos Blell as DCCCD’s new vice chancellor for human and organizational development, effective Feb. 1, 2006; the district’s board of trustees approved the appointment during its regular December meeting. Blell currently serves as director of hospital education for Lakeland Regional Medical Center in Lakeland, Fla.

“I am pleased to welcome Denys Blell to DCCCD as our new vice chancellor for human and organizational development,” said Carreon. “He will supervise district-level human resources, institutional research, planning and resource development, plus staff and organizational development. I am excited to add Denys to our administrative team.”

“I would like to thank Dr. Carreon and members of the search committee for their confidence in selecting me as vice chancellor for human and organizational development,” said Blell. “I look forward to the opportunity and privilege of working with faculty, staff and students at DCCCD.”

Previously, Blell served both public and not-for-profit organizations in a variety of positions: as associate vice president for academic affairs and associate vice president for human resources at the University of South Florida; as assistant to the president for campus diversity with Siena College (Loudonville, N.Y.); as associate dean of student affairs/minority affairs for Case Western Reserve University; and as director of student support services at Southern Connecticut State University.

“My vision for the division of human and organizational development is to build effective relationships with the colleges in our district, which will enable us to work collaboratively to develop the appropriate programs, services and events that align faculty and staff, processes and strategies with the vision and strategic goals set by the DCCCD board of trustees,” added Blell. “Ultimately, my vision is to build a world-class division that is capable of successfully leading this strategic initiative.”

Blell earned a bachelor’s degree from St. Augustine’s College in Raleigh, N.C., and his master’s degree from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He currently is a doctoral candidate at UM. He has written a novel that was published this year and also has produced works about cultural diversity and parliamentary procedure. Blell, who owns Beyond Diversity Consulting Services in Tampa, Fla., shares his expertise with others in the areas of leadership training, strategic planning and building emotionally intelligent communities.

Blell also has served on the Polk Community College (Winter Haven, Fla.) corporate college’s advisory board and on the Keiser College - Lakeland Campus advisory board.

For more information, contact Ann Hatch in the DCCCD office of marketing and communications at (214) 860-2478.