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B-CU Celebrates 109th Founders Day

More than 100 years  ago, Mary McLeod Bethune founded a school with $1.50 and five little girls. Today, Bethune-Cookman University enjoys a reputation as an academic center of excellence and one of the country’s premier Historically Black Universities.

B-CU is excited to announce the 109th Founder’s Day program, which will be held at 10:20 a.m. on Wednesday, October 2 in the Mary McLeod Bethune Performing Arts Center located at the corner of International Speedway Blvd. and Lincoln Street. The theme of the 2013 Founder’s Day assembly is “For Such a Time as This.” The community is cordially invited to attend.

The 2013 Founder’s Day program will be used to share with students, faculty, staff and the community an exciting variety of innovative initiatives and programs that are a part of what it means to be members of the Bethune-Cookman University family on the eve of the inauguration of Edison O. Jackson as the University’s sixth President.

Among the initiatives and programs to be announced are the University’s new Fatherhood Institute, its newly formed relationship with Chicago’s League of Black Women and its new focus on Afro-Latino academic and cultural relations.

Guest speakers include Haki Nkrumah, Founder and CEO of Young Fathers of Central Florida, UCF history professor and Afro-Latino expert, Dr. Vibert White, President and CEO of Chicago’s League of Black Women, Sandra Findley. Also on the program are Dr. Ashley Robertson, the University’s new curator of Dr. Bethune’s home formally known as The Foundation, and Dr. Mary Alice Smith, a 1948 graduate and retired professor of Psychology who will share her personal experience as a student and as a faculty member.

The community will be introduced to the University’s new Choral Director, Dr. Damon Dandridge, who will lead the College Shibboleth and Alma Mater. The University’s choral fraternity, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia will also perform.

For more information about, contact Dr. Claudette McFadden, Senior Policy Advisor, Office of the President at 481-2753 and Sharon Bostick-Issac, Special Events Manager at 481-2953.  

Office of the Provost

Beveryly James
Director of Communications
PH: 386-481-2991

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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