President Jackson Holds First Staff Meeting
Dr. Edison Jackson, who took office as interim president on May 15, gathered the B-CU staff together this week for an official meeting to introduce himself and his leadership team.
Jackson greeted the crowd with enthusiasm and shared his philosophies on key issues such as leadership, customer service and work ethic.
"God is not through with me yet; I am a work-in-progress," he said first. "It is a calling to be at this institution."
Jackson shared that he came to the university "not only to lead, but to move this institution to new heights as we move from 'great' to 'greater'."
Emphasizing the need for an invigorated focus on the highest level of customer service throughout the university – and especially with students – Dr. Jackson encouraged each staff member to teach students while they serve.
"Students come to this institution to have their lives transformed," he said. "We're teaching, they're learning, and every employee is an educator."
"I'm fascinated by the intellectual power that is here and all we have to do now is harness it," he added.
Referring to himself as a 'walkaround president,' Jackson shared that "with God's help," he will bring a "freshness" and a "new way of doing things" to the institution.
"I will be your teacher, leader, consultant and cheerleader," he said. "It's a new season and God gets to bless each one of us in a new season."
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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 more than 40 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 more than 4,000. For more information, visit www.cookman.edu.