B-CU Names Interim PresidentDr. Larry R. Handfield, chairman of the Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) board of trustees, today announced the university has selected Dr. Edison Jackson as interim president, effective May 14, 2012.
The university will host a reception on Tuesday, May 8, 2012, to introduce Dr. Jackson to the B-CU family and the community, at the B-CU Performing Arts Center from 5-7 pm. The event is open to the public.
Dr. Jackson most recently served as president of Medgar Evers College of the City University of New York for 20 years (one of the campuses of the City University of New York with approximately 5,700 students). Dr. Jackson received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Howard University and his doctorate from Rutgers University.
"I'm very pleased with the selection by the board of trustees," said current President Trudie Kibbe-Reed, who will retire May 13. "I have known Dr. Jackson as we served together, as college presidents, on the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education. "Dr. Jackson is the perfect selection as interim president for the GREAT Bethune-Cookman University because he is not only an educator and scholar, but also a person of faith."
Speaking on behalf of the Board of Trustees, Dr. LarryHandfield said, "We are so pleased that Dr. Jackson has agreed to serve as interim president because he brings a wealth of experience, a commitment to excellence and will uphold the legacy of our founder, Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune."
Dr. Jackson will be available for interviews at Tuesday's reception.
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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.