Hastings Campus History
The Continuing Education Program at Bethune-Cookman University was initiated in 1978 under the administration of Dr. Cleo S. Higgins, then Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty, now Professor Emeritus. In the fall of 1979, Dr. Higgins recruited Mr. Edward Singleton, Jr. as Coordinator of two extension Sites. The first site was located in St. Augustine, Florida at Trinity United Methodist Church and the second Site was located in Palatka, Florida at Palatka High School. The program operated at these two sites for one year. In 1980 a business site located in Spuds, Florida was donated to the University by a Trustee Board Member, George C. Miller, Jr. After extensive carpentry and renovations the work was completed by 1980, with the purpose of uniting the St. Augustine students and Palatka students into the Bethune-Cookman College Spuds Branch Campus. The combined number of students was thirty for the new Spuds Branch. On October 2, 2006, the Spuds Branch Campus was renamed the John W. Miller Center in honor of one of the two brothers, John W. and George C. Miller, who contributed the land and building for the original Spuds Branch Campus. As of this date, over 700 students have graduated from the John W. Miller Center. For the last 35 years the Miller Center has remained committed to building programs for adult learners, and it continues to provide programs that serve the needs of non-traditional students, giving them the opportunity to gain knowledge, develop their creative potentials, and become productive citizens in a pluralistic society.