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In Memoriam: Ms. Wenda Williams

It is with a heavy heart that I relay the passing of a deeply valued member of the Bethune-Cookman family. Ms. Wenda Williams passed away Thursday evening August 27th. Ms. Williams was employed at Bethune-Cookman University for more than 30 years. She served as an Executive Assistant to Dean Herbert Thompson in the former College of Science, Engineering and Mathematics. She was also an alumnus of the University, having earned a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Religion and Philosophy in 2008. I know how beloved Ms. Williams was, as a member of the B-CU community. Moreover, her Mother, Mrs. Lillie Wiggins, is also a highly respected and beloved staff member, who has served as a Director in the Fiscal Affairs department for more than 27 years.

I know that Friday was a difficult day for many B-CU employees. I also appreciate that some of you carried out your work tasks while holding back tears. Thank you for supporting one another during this most difficult time. These are the times in which we lean on our trust and faith in God and on each other. We will keep Ms. Williams’ family and loved ones in our prayers.

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Psalms 46:1

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E. LaBrent Chrite, Ph.D. President,
Bethune-Cookman University

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E. LaBrent Chrite, Ph.D.


About Bethune Cookman University:

Founded in 1904 by Dr. 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 38 degrees on its main campus and online college. 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 nearly 4,000.  For more information, visit

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