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President Reed Fights for Funding at State Capitol

Dr. Trudie Kibbe Reed

Following in the legacy of our founder Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, who was known for taking the fight for funding and rights at Bethune-Cookman University to our nation’s capital, President Trudie Kibbe Reed has been fighting for funding at the Florida State Capitol in Tallahassee.

Recently, President Reed and Dr. Hiram Powell, vice president for institutional advancement, traveled to meet with legislators to appeal for Florida’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Joined by the presidents of Edward Waters College and Florida Memorial University, Reed and Powell met with members of the Black Caucus; Sen. J.D. Alexander, budget chair; House Speaker Dean Cannon; and Sen. Tony Hill (who works with B-CU Black Male Explorers Program).

President Reed was provided the opportunity to share with legislators the effect state and federal funding has on B-CU to make a case for the institution’s place in the 2011 budget. These funds have tremendous impact on the B-CU’s overall operations as well as financial aid and enrollment.

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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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