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New Semester Begins with Faculty/Staff

February 4, 2008 

The 2008 spring semester at Bethune-Cookman University began with the 2008 Faculty Staff Institute. The Institute welcomed faculty and staff back to the University for the 2008 semester. It also reaffirmed the goals and expectations for the upcoming year as established by Dr. Trudie Kibbe Reed, President, and the University Cabinet. The 2008 Institute was opened by Mr. E. Dean Montgomery, Executive VP/COO/CFO, who extended greetings and stated the mission of the Institute. Dr. Hiram Powell, Associate VP Academic Affairs, and Ms. Cathy Washington, Director HR Management, then introduced new faculty and staff members to the University family including new Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Marilyn Haywood-Sutton. Dr. Reed then gave her State of the University address, which highlighted student retention as a critical area of focus. Dr. Sutton-Haywood along with VP for Institutional Research, Planning and Accreditation Dr. Willis Walter spoke concerning the SACS Reaffirmation: Institutional Effectiveness. Ms. Cynthia Hawkins, Assistant VP of Student Affairs/ Ombudsperson, spoke about customer service addressing the need to serve the students in the best manner possible. Institutional Statistics were then given by Dr. Mark Howse, Director of Assessment, followed by the closing of the institute by Dr. Powell. For more information on the 2008 Spring Semester Faculty Staff Institute please contact the Office of Academic Affairs at (386) 481-2060.

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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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