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Chairman John W. Harrington Convenes Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees

Chairman John W. Harrington convened the Executive Committee of the Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) Board of Trustees on Wednesday, December 5, 2012. The committee heard reports from Dr. Edison O. Jackson, interim president and Chairman Harrington.

The president's report included the following highlights: 120 graduates will be participating in Fall Commencement this Saturday, 14 of which are graduates of the Transformative Leadership and Integrated Environmental Science Master's programs. During the commencement, the university will bestow honorary degrees upon Bishop Kenneth H. Carter, Jr., Presiding Bishop of the Florida Conference of The United Methodist Church and Michelle Carter-Scott, distinguished alumna, philanthropist and community leader. The Florida United Methodist Foundation has awarded a grant to fund a service-learning trip to the Bahamas in the Spring of 2013, sponsoring a delegation of 20 students. The current academic profile for students continues to improve and the Harrison Rhodes expansion project is proceeding on schedule.

Following Dr. Jackson's report, Chairman John W. Harrington informed the executive committee about the agenda for the upcoming Board retreat to be held, January 16-18, 2013 in Daytona Beach, FL. The focus of the retreat will be on the university's mission, the landscape of higher education and the university's engagement with legislature. Special guests invited to facilitate the discussions will include Linda Petchenik of GrowthLines, Inc., Dr. Charles Reed, chancellor of the California State University Systems, and Yolanda Cash Jackson, special council to the university.

Following the meeting, Chairman Harrington said, "The search for a permanent president continues. We are blessed to have an outstanding interim president in Dr. Edison O. Jackson. He continues to make a significant and positive impact on both our campus and the community." B-CU continues to make ardent strides towards success and realigning the university with its founder's legacy.

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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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