An administrator at Louisiana State University has been named as the new president of the University of Alabama. The University of Alabama System Board of Trustees on Thursday approved Stuart Bell as the next president for the state's flagship university. Bell will succeed outgoing president Judy Bonner beginning on July 15. Bell is currently the provost and executive vice president at LSU. Alabama system Chancellor Robert Witt recommended Bell for the top job in Tuscaloosa. Bell was the only person recommended for the presidency following a four-month search by an advisory committee. He has three engineering degrees from Texas A&M University and previously taught engineering at Alabama. Bonner is retiring after less than three years. She is the first woman to hold the presidency at Alabama.