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President Reed Named to Federal Judicial Nominating Commission

March 12, 2009


President Reed Named to Federal Judicial Nominating Commission

B-CU President Trudie Kibbe Reed has been invited by U.S. Senator Bill Nelson to serve on the federal Judicial Nominating Commission (JNC) established by Florida’s two U.S. Senators.  The JNC is charged with making recommendations on the most qualified candidates to serve in certain federal judicial and law enforcement positions including U.S. District Judge, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Marshal in Florida.

“Being asked to serve on the Judicial Nominating Commission is a tremendous honor and a great responsibility,” noted Reed.  “The people of Florida deserve public servants in these important positions who maintain the highest standards of professionalism, integrity and knowledge of the law.  By serving, I hope to provide valuable input throughout the selection process and uphold the values and commitment to the betterment of society embodied by B-CU’s founder, Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune.”

“Senator Martinez and I tried to provide a process beyond the reach of partisan politics to help select the top candidates for jobs that involve upholding the public trust,” said Senator Bill Nelson.  “We consider President Reed to be among the best and brightest in the state.”

Recommendations made by the JNC to Senators Nelson and Martinez determine – subject to agreement by the senators – which prospective nominees are then forwarded to the White House for presidential consideration.  To make recommendations, members of the JNC invite applications for open positions.  Following a careful and thorough review, the JNC members then select finalists who possess the professional qualifications, character, integrity, intellect, experience, temperament, professional competence, maturity, capacity for growth and other characteristics necessary to perform the duties of the offices for which they are applying and uphold the public trust.

President Reed will serve a two-year term as a member of the JNC’s Middle District Conference – one of three JNC conferences corresponding to each of the three federal judicial districts in the state.  All members of the commission are volunteers and are responsible for any expenses incurred in connection with attending meetings of the conference.

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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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