Bill Bell

Bill Bell is the longest-serving mayor in Durham history. He was first elected in 2001, and retired in 2017, presiding over a period of development, growth and cultural renaissance. Bell served on the Durham County Board of Commissioners from 1972 to 1994 and 1996 to 2000, where he spearheaded a merger of the county and city school districts. He received an honorary degree from Duke in 2018. Bell was interviewed by adjunct professor David A. Graham on April 16, 2018. In this interview, they discuss his early life and entry into politics, the school merger, and the changing relationship between Duke and Durham.

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