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President Reed Elected to Prestigious Board

February 20, 2009

President Reed Elected to Prestigious Board

B-CU President Trudie Kibbe Reed was recently elected to the board of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU). She will serve a 3-year term, representing Region IV (Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia).

"It is an honor to serve on the board of an organization dedicated to supporting private higher education institutions and the students who attend them," stated Reed.
"I look forward to being an active participant and representing the southeast district of the association."

"Dr. Trudie Kibbe Reed was selected by her peers because of her expertise in the field, proven leadership, and commitment to America's college students," said NAICU President David L. Warren. "She assumes her responsibilities at a time of great challenge and transformation for American higher education."

NAICU is the leading national association representing private higher education institutions. NAICU member institutions enroll nine of every 10 students attending a private college or university in the United States. There are 1,600 private, nonprofit institutions nationwide - representing approximately half of the nonprofit colleges and universities in the United States.  In total, these institutions enroll 3.4 million students.

Members of NAICU's board of directors set the association's agenda on federal higher education policy; actively encourage support of NAICU priorities and initiatives; and oversee the association's financial administration. The organization's policy mission has three parts: to ensure that student aid programs continue to provide all Americans with access to the college of their choice; to promote tax policy that helps families save and pay for college, and also helps private colleges fulfill their distinctive missions; and to seek appropriate regulation of private colleges and universities that is sensitive to their diversity and independence while addressing society's needs.

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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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