Dr. Gerald D. Bell to Appear on News Special Honoring Coach Dean Smith

Chapel Hill, NC – November 20, 2013 – On Wednesday, November 20, one of the most successful and beloved coaches in college basketball history was awarded the nation’s highest civilian honor. Former University of North Carolina coach, Dean Smith, received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Obama for his life of achievements on and off the court. Although Smith could not attend, the ceremony honoring the coach took place at 11 a.m. at the White House. Dr. Gerald D. Bell, Founder and CEO of Bell Leadership Institute, will be featured tonight at 7:30 p.m. on a half-hour special honoring the life and legacy of Smith, aired by the local NBC news affiliate, WNCN.

Dr. Bell will be sharing his memories of his long-time friendship with Smith and their collaboration on the book The Carolina Way: Leadership Lessons from a Life in Coaching. The Carolina Way captures Smith’s powerful teamwork lessons. Bell, a highly regarded leadership specialist, translates these lessons into actions for business leaders to put into practice. In the interview Bell discusses the coaching philosophy that made Coach Smith a legend – 1) play hard, 2) play smart, and 3) play together.

“The value of leadership should be prized. Those who do it well should be honored. Major accolades are awarded in the arts, humanities, and government service, but few focus on leadership excellence. Leadership is one of our highest callings and most challenging of the performing arts. I think we should raise it to a position of greater honor in and of itself and establish it as a noble goal toward which to strive. I am overjoyed that Coach Smith is being recognized for his great leadership,” Bell said.

More information about the news special and coverage of the ceremony can be found on the WNCN website.

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