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B-CU Names Interim VP of Institutional Advancement

Bethune-Cookman University recently announced the appointment of Dr. Hiram Powell as interim vice president of institutional advancement.
Powell will replace Shirley Range who recently resigned from the position to pursue an employment opportunity in Nashville, Tenn.  Range served the University for seven years in institutional advancement and for more than three years as a member of the President’s Executive Leadership Cabinet.

"We were extremely saddened by the resignation of Mrs. Range, whose departure will no doubt create a void in the President's Cabinet," said President Trudie Kibbe Reed. "I am, however, pleased one of the institution's long-time, hard working, familiar faces ­– Dr. Powell – will serve as the interim VP to ensure we do not lose momentum with the many important responsibilities of this position, including university fundraising as the top priority."

Powell, who is a 1976 graduate of B-CU, began his career at B-CU in 1980. He has since served as assistant band director and arranger, associate director of bands, director of bands, music department head, and most recently as associate vice president of academic affairs, a position he held for five years. Over the years, Powell has held numerous leadership positions and currently serves on the boards of Atlantic Center for the Arts, The Community Cultural Foundation/Florida International Festival, and the Pabst Foundation for the Arts.

Effective July 1, Powell will assume his new role which includes overseeing overall university fundraising, grant applications, the university's UNCF campaign and alumni relations.
"Although I have big shoes to fill in Mrs. Range’s departure, she has left behind an excellent team of professionals who will make this transition an easy one," noted Powell. "I'm very grateful for this new opportunity and for the last 30 years of my career at this great institution."

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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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