Gala Honoring President Reed Gathers Special Guests
As the sun set over Daytona Beach on April 19, approximately 280 special guests began to arrive at the Hilton Ocean Walk Village Resort to honor B-CU's retiring president, Dr. Trudie Kibbe Reed.
B-CU Trustee Lee E. Rhyant, the emcee for the evening, kicked off the program while the guest of honor - Dr. Trudie Kibbe Reed - entered the room, escorted by Dr. Hiram Powell, B-CU's vice president for institutional advancement.
Special remarks and fond memories were provided by B-CU Chairman Larry R. Handfield, Esq.; Dr. Irving Matthews, B-CU trustee and former chairman; Mr. Steve Hogan, CEO of Florida Citrus Sports; Dr. Dennis Thomas, commissioner of Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference; Yolanda Cash-Jackson, Esq., of Becker and Poliakoff; Dr. Henry Lewis, III, president of Florida Memorial University; Dr. Belle Wheelan, president of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and Dr. Lenny Springs, senior advisor of the U.S. Department of Education, FSA.
Gala guests included several HBCU presidents; Sen. Tony Hill; Volusia County Council Vice Chair Joyce Cusack; ; and the Rev. Dr. Gerald Lord, associate general secretary from the United Methodist Church General Board of Higher Education and Ministry.
Upon addressing the audience, Dr. Reed expressed her gratitude for the opportunity to serve as the fifth president and second woman of the "Great" Bethune-Cookman University. Later, Trustee Joyce Anne Hanks Moorehead, Esq., who is also a B-CU alumna, presented the president with a gift from the board. Moorehead eloquently wove together the determination of Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune with the hard work of Dr. Trudie Kibbe Reed.
Dr. J. F. Bryan, IV, provided the champagne toast and closing remarks were brought by Dr. Rhyant and Dr. Reed. To everyone's surprise, particularly that of Dr. Reed, a small group from the "Marching Wildcats" band serenaded Dr. Reed with familiar tunes, including the B-CU alma mater.
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Founded in 1904 by Mary McLeod Bethune, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) today sustains her legacy of faith, scholarship and service through its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its commitment to academic excellence and civic engagement. B-CU offers baccalaureate degrees in 37 majors through six academic schools – Arts & Humanities; Business; Education; Nursing; Science, Engineering and Mathematics; and Social Sciences – and maintains intercollegiate athletic programs and instrumental and choral groups that have achieved national recognition. Located in Daytona Beach, B-CU is one of three private historically black colleges in the state of Florida. The institution boasts a diverse and international faculty and student body of more than 3,400.