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B-CU President Trudie Kibbe Reed to Retire

Dr. Trudie Kibbe Reed is stepping down from her role as president of Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU ). At the age of 64, Reed has made the decision to enter retirement after seven and a half years of service to the institution.

During her tenure, Bethune-Cookman achieved university status with the launch of its first master's degree program in transformative leadership, earned its highest enrollment in history, graduated its largest class on record, received an A bond rating and improved its physical plant by building several new buildings on campus, which were fully paid for without debt to the university. When Reed arrived at Bethune-Cookman, the endowment was $28 million and has increased to $43 million today.

Additionally, the university has received seven accreditations in approximately 18 months, including reaffirmation of accreditation with no recommendations for improvement from the the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Reed will remain at the University during this transition until a departure date is determined by the board of trustees.

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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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