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B-CU Staff Member Selected As Emerging Leader by National Organization

July 22, 2008

B-CU Staff Member Selected As Emerging Leader by National Organization Joyce Ellenwood, assistant director of academic advisement at Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU), has been named an "Emerging Leader" by the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA). She is one of ten honorees who make up the organizations 2008-2010 Class of Emerging Leaders. Other colleges and universities represented in the program include: the College of William & Mary, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Indiana University Bloomington, and University of Texas at Arlington.

As part of this prestigious program, Mrs. Ellenwood will work closely with a designated NACADA mentor to increase her involvement with the national organization as well as develop her overall leadership abilities and expertise in academic advisement.

"This is a tremendous honor for Mrs. Ellenwood. It is a validation of her hard work, dedication to academic excellence, and commitment to our students" noted Dr. Marilyn Sutton-Haywood, B-CU's vice president of academic affairs. "It is also a great opportunity for Bethune-Cookman University. We will all benefit from the knowledge and resources she will be able to tap as a leader of this national group."

"I am very excited about the opportunity that the Emerging Leaders Program offers my career and the wealth of knowledge it will bring to make B-CU a stand-out in terms of our academic advisement and the support we give our students," said Mrs. Ellenwood. 

At B-CU, Mrs. Ellenwood develops and implements programs that help students achieve academic success. She advises freshman students on their academic and career goals, helps them manage the transition to college in their first year, and teaches a Freshman Seminar. Earlier this year, she helped develop a new freshman mentoring program for students having difficulties with their studies. The first semester of the Freshman C.A.M.P. (Consortium Academic Mentoring Program) saw significant success improving academic outcomes for students. Subsequently, she presented the program to the Florida Developmental Education Association and participated in a roundtable discussion about the program at the Florida Department of Education's Connections Conference.

Mrs. Ellenwood has more than ten years experience in education motivating students to succeed. Prior to coming to B-CU, she held positions at Rutgers University and the University of Tulsa. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and Psychology from Seton Hall University and a Master's degree in Athletic Administration from James Madison University.

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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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