Lawrence Bell, at the time of his retirement, served as assistant vice chancellor for global strategic initiatives at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Bell spent the last 32 years of his career as the lead international officer at the universities where he worked and was responsible for international student and scholar services, education abroad, and campus internationalization. Bell developed his interest in international activities while serving in the military in Vietnam. After leaving the army, he studied Vietnamese language and linguistics and that started him on his international journey. After teaching in and managing ESL programs, Bell moved into international education administration. Bell has been a member and held leadership positions in several organizations including TESOL, AIEA, and NAFSA. Bell has been a member of NAFSA for 40 years and has served as a member of the Board of Directors and vice president for Public Policy and Practice.