A New Vision

Today, Kevin J. Bell, CEO and President of Lincoln Park Zoo, was named Chair of the Board of Directors for the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) at the organization’s annual meeting. In this prestigious position, Bell will serve a one-year term leading the nation’s largest zoological organization.

As chair of the AZA’s 13-member board, Bell will guide efforts to expand education, conservation and care in 217 AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums throughout the country. The new role reflects Bell’s distinguished history of service in the zoological community. After being named Lincoln Park Zoo’s Curator of Birds—the youngest ever, at 23—in 1976, Bell was named zoo director in 1993 and was first voted to the AZA Board of Directors in 1999.

During his tenure, Lincoln Park Zoo has completed its transformation into a modern, world-class institution, complete with state-of-the-art facilities, global conservation efforts and an abiding partnership with the community. As Chair of the AZA, Bell will continue to encourage Lincoln Park Zoo—and zoos and aquariums throughout the country—to grow and change, reflecting 21st-century standards for education, conservation and care.

“This is an exciting time for zoos and aquariums, and I’m honored to serve the AZA community,” says Bell. “Together, we can lead a strategic effort to build America’s largest conservation movement.”