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B-CU President Reed Named to Leadership Position of The United Methodist Church

Dr. Trudie Kibbe Reed, president of Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU), has been elected as a member of The United Methodist Church's General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) for a four-year term beginning in 2009. She will also serve as chair of the GBHEM's Standing Committee on Strategic Planning Advisory Committee.

"On behalf of the B-CU Board of Trustees, I want to congratulate President Reed on this very significant achievement. Her record as a leader in higher education grounded in the values of The United Methodist Church continues to bring distinction to B-CU," said Dr. Irving Matthews, chairman of the Bethune-Cookman University Board of Trustees.

"We are delighted to have someone with Dr. Reed's expertise and vision serving at the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry," noted the Rev. Dr. Jerome King Del Pino, general secretary of the GBHEM. "Her background and experience in higher education and strategic planning will serve us well."

The United Methodist Church (TUMC) has a longstanding commitment to higher education, both for those called to professional ministry and for others who wishing to attend church-related institutions. The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry is the arm of TUMC that actively supports the efforts of those seeking ordination and provides general oversight and care for United Methodist institutions of higher education. Bethune-Cookman University is one of eleven United Methodist-related historically Black colleges and universities that make up TUMC's Black College Fund.

Dr. Reed is a veteran educator with over 30 years of experience in the field. Before coming to B-CU, she served as president of Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Arkansas. She also was dean of the Leadership Institute and a tenured professor at Columbia College of South Carolina. Her election to the University Senate marks Dr. Reed's return to the UMC where she once served as the General Secretariat (comparable to CEO) of The General Commission on the Status and Role of Women in The United Methodist Church. Dr. Reed's leadership as president of Bethune-Cookman University for the last four years has resulted in numerous accomplishments including achieving University status and significantly increasing the institution's endowment.

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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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