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B-CU President Reed Elected to SACS Board of Trustees

Today, Bethune-Cookman University announced that President Trudie Kibbe Reed has been elected to the Board of Trustees of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), the regional accrediting body for colleges and universities in 11 southern states.

According to its website, the mission of the SACSCOC Board of Trustees is to "guide the organization's work and to implement the accreditation process.”  The 77 members of the Board of Trustees are elected by the College Delegate Assembly (CDA) which is made up of one voting representative from each accredited institution.   

"It is an honor to be elected to serve on the SACS Board of Trustees,” noted Dr. Reed.  "I embrace the commitment of institutions to sustain quality in all aspects of the education process.  Doing so with the peer review and accountability of accreditation process ensures that colleges and universities maintain the high standards of excellence.”

The election to SACS Board of Trustees is the latest recognition of Dr. Reed's leadership and management skills.  She was recently appointed by U.S. Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan to the Historically Black College and Universities Capital Financing Advisory Board.  She also serves on the board of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities and is a member of the United Methodist General Board of Higher Education and Ministry.  Last year, U.S. Senator Bill Nelson selected her to serve on Florida's federal Judicial Nominating Commission.  

Since becoming the fifth president of Bethune-Cookman University in 2004, Dr. Reed has led the institution on a path of growth and success.  Her accomplishments include: launch of the institution's first master's degree program and attainment of University status, reaching all time highs in student enrollment, overseeing an ambitious program of physical plant improvements and a financial stewardship program that has resulted in balanced budgets and strong financial performance.

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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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