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B-CU President Trudie Kibbe Reed to Retire May 13

At the age of 64, Dr. Trudie Kibbe Reed is retiring from her role as president of Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) effective May 13, 2012.

Dr. Reed has had many successes in her seven and a half years of service to the university. As president, Dr. Reed supervised the institution’s transformation from a college to a university, implementing graduate programs in transformative leadership and integrated environmental science. She also directed renovations for the School of Nursing and the Center for Civic Engagement, as well as the construction of a new residence hall and athletic training complex.

The B-CU board of trustees approved her retirement date today.

“President Reed took B-CU to the next level," said Lee E. Rhyant, chairman of the board of trustees. “We commend her for her vision and leadership to enhance B-CU in many areas."

Dr. Reed will serve as president through graduation, retiring on May 13, 2012. The board of trustees plans to initiate a search immediately to ensure a smooth transition in replacing Dr. Reed.

Under Dr. Reed’s leadership, the university has had a balanced budget for the past seven years, an A bond rating and stable environment. Dr. Reed has successfully led B-CU through seven accreditations, receiving zero recommendations from the regional accrediting body. During her tenure, the university’s endowment has grown from $24 million up to $43 million.

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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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