Chief Financial Officer
Talana J. Bell, CPA, joined the Office of Academic Affairs as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) on May 13, 2019.
As CFO, Ms. Bell advises the Provost on budget and financial issues; oversees the allocation and expenditure of state and Foundation operating budgets to units within Academic Affairs; reviews and approves requests to recruit and hire faculty for both permanent and part-time positions; and works closely with the Provost regarding financial matters affecting Academic Affairs.
In addition, Ms. Bell serves as Academic Affairs' liaison with the Office of Human Resource Services and the Division of Educational Outreach and Summer Programs, including distance education and summer school. She also serves as a representative on the UNC HR Council and represents Academic Affairs on various committees, as assigned by the Provost.
Ms. Bell is a three-time graduate of Appalachian, having earned her undergraduate degree in accounting, a Master of Science in Accounting and a Master of Business Administration. She is a licensed CPA in the State of NC, and she previously served as CFO of Flowers Hospital in Dothan, AL. Most recently, Ms. Bell served as Business Officer and Executive Assistant to the Dean of the Walker College of Business.