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Dr. Marilyn Sutton-Haywood appointed

August 17, 2007

President Trudie Kibbe Reed is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Marilyn Sutton-Haywood as the new Vice President for Academic Affairs at Bethune-Cookman University following a national search that resulted in a pool of excellent candidates. Dr. Sutton-Haywood will assume her duties at B-CU January 1, 2008.
Dr. Sutton comes to Bethune-Cookman University from Johnson C. Smith University, Charlotte, NC where she is Vice President for Academic Affairs, as well as an Associate Professor of Biology.  She has previously held positions as Assistant Professor of Biology and Mathematics at Belmont Abbey College, Belmont, NC, and as an Assistant Professor in the Natural Science and Allied Health Department at Kennesaw State University, Marietta, GA.
"Dr. Sutton-Haywood brings a solid background in scholastic excellence and leadership skills to this position," said President Reed. "She has extensive experience in strategic planning with a vision to help move Bethune-Cookman University to the next level of academic distinction. She is held in high regard by university officials and faculty at Johnson C. Smith University for her many accomplishments and abilities.”
Dr. Sutton-Haywood earned the Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at North Carolina Central University, Durham, NC and the master's degree and Ph.D. in Biology from Clark Atlanta University, Atlanta, GA.  She is widely published.
Dr. Sutton-Haywood is credited with authoring numerous proposals that have been funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes for Health, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the United Negro College Fund, The Mellon Foundation, and the BB & T Bank to establish an endowed professorship in free enterprise and capitalism.  She has also gathered numerous honors and awards including the Bush Fellowship at the Institute for Educational Management at Harvard University.
Dr. Sutton-Haywood is active on numerous boards and community organizations. She is presently a liaison to the JCSU Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).  For an extensive list of Dr. Sutton-Haywood’s memberships, consultantships, and civic service CLICK HERE for a copy of her curriculum vitae.
The vice president for academic affairs at Bethune-Cookman University is the chief academic officer and serves in the President’s Cabinet. The position reports directly to the President and has primary responsibility for providing academic leadership, direction, and vision to support and enhance the quality of undergraduate and graduate programs. The VP also participates in university-wide planning and represents B-CU with community leaders and elected officials.

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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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