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B-CU picks top development officer for key VP position

September 7, 2007

President Trudie Kibbe Reed is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Shirley Q. Range as the new Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Bethune-Cookman University.  Ms. Range assumed her duties in this role on August 31, 2007.
Ms. Range began her employment with the university in 2004 as the Director of Development and quickly earned a promotion to Associate Vice President for Institutional Advancement before being named the department’s Interim Vice President.   Her demonstrated leadership and organizational development made her the obvious choice to assume the vice presidency.
Ms. Range’s background in higher education and extensive planning and program development, coupled with years of experience in the university’s Office of Institutional Advancement, have more than prepared her to provide overall leadership and strategic direction to fundraising, communications, alumni, public and governmental relations.  She has already built an established foundation upon which she and the advancement team will journey upon toward future successes.
Ms. Range earned the Bachelor of Arts degree in Music, vocal performance, and the Master's degree in American Studies at The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  Her publication and production credits are many.
Ms. Range’s professional affiliations are diverse and include her service to the Board of Directors for the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Central Florida Chapter as a co-director for Strategic Planning.
The Vice President for Institutional Advancement is responsible for maintaining, enhancing and expanding a program of diverse contacts with the university’s many constituencies in order to serve as an informed advocate of the university in terms of its strategic direction, mission, goals, objectives and programs; increase the level of individual, corporate, organizations, and foundations financial support provided to the university; and provide a program of information and communications that strengthens relationships with donors and friends of the university.  The Vice President reports directly to the President, serves as a member of the President’s Cabinet, and provides direct support to the Board of Trustees Advancement Committee.

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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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