Ford W. Bell
Plenary Speaker
Welcome Lunch, Tuesday June 23
Ford W. Bell began his tenure as president of the American Alliance of Museums (then the American Association of Museums) in June 2007. He brings to AAM a lifelong passion for museums and a clear understanding of the important role museums play as educational institutions, economic engines and community assets, as well as places of enlightenment and inspiration. 
Under his leadership, AAM has undergone a dramatic transformation, and is fully committed to championing the cause of museums with the public, the media and government officials at all levels. Ford has also made it an organization-wide priority to nurture excellence in the field through the establishment and promotion of standards, ethics and best practices. He led the re-branding of AAM, beginning with the development of a new strategic plan and culminating in the launch of the American Alliance of Museums in September 2012, complete with a new name, look, logo, website and commitment to member service. The result has been a dramatic spike in membership and external support, ensuring the long-term sustainability of the 107-year old organization.  
A native of Minneapolis, Bell received a B.A. in Spanish from the University of Minnesota and a D.V.M. from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. He also attended the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and Elbert Covell College at the University of the Pacific.