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Bethune-Cookman University Welcomes Dr. Joe Petrock as it's New Chairman of the Board

Dr. Joe PetrockBethune-Cookman University (B-CU) begins its new year with a newly elected chairman of the board, Dr. Joe Petrock.  Petrock, who is no stranger to higher education, was selected for this position by a 36-member board of trustees.  He has a long-standing relationship with B-CU and is excited about the future of the university.  Chairman Petrock’s term officially began on July 1st and he will serve as chair for the next three years. 

Chairman Petrock’s love for B-CU has grown over the years through his philanthropic support and continued service. He has dedicated more than 30 years to B-CU and worked with four of the university’s presidents.  Chairman Petrock has been a member of the board since 2004.  He has led several efforts on behalf of B-CU including five-time chair of the UNCF campaign (raised more than $2M) and chair of the government relations committee, which ensured the support of Governor Rick Scott.  Chairman Petrock and his wife, Barbara, made a lifetime commitment to the College of Health Sciences with a $1M donation.  The program is now named in their honor as the Petrock College of Health Sciences.  Chairman Petrock is also the chair and co-founder of the annual B-CU Legacy Awards Gala, which has raised more than $5M and recognizes individuals who have made a great impact on the university.  In addition, in 2014, Petrock received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Laws, which is the highest possible honor bestowed by B-CU. 

Chairman Petrock is still looking to do much more with B-CU.  “As chair, I look forward to the tasks that are set before us: to raise the academic profile of the institution; to transform the lives of our students; and to impart in them a spirit of wisdom and knowledge that will allow them to ‘enter to learn and depart to serve.’”  Chairman Petrock will support President Jackson as he focuses on a few main goals: build new community partnerships; work to improve the quality of life in the Mid-town area; encourage professors to not only write, but publish their works; and make B-CU one of the top ranked, small universities in America  “We are so very proud to have Joe Petrock as our chair.  He brings a level of caliber and strength that is instrumental to B-CU and has the power to transform lives. We ask that the community help us to congratulate Chairman Petrock,” says President Jackson. 

In the past, Chairman Petrock has made his mark within the community, both near and far.  He served as: chairman of FUTURES, Inc.; three-time chairman of Daytona State College Board of Trustees; and chairman of the Daytona/Halifax Area Chamber.   Chairman Petrock currently serves as President of the Civic League of the Halifax Area, which includes 110 community leaders dedicated to the overall health and wellness of Volusia County residents.  He has received countless awards including: the Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Beacon of Light Award; Juneteenth Celebration Hometown Hero Award; the Council on Aging Glenn & Connie Ritchey Community Service Award; the Daytona/Halifax Area Chamber Lou Fuchs Award for Leadership; and the USA Freedom Corps Volunteer Service Award, which was presented by President George W. Bush. 

The other new officers within the Board of Trustees include:

1st Vice Chair              Nelson Adams, M.D.
2nd Vice Chair             Joyce Anne Hanks Moorehead, Esq.
3rd Vice Chair              Bishop Kenneth Carter Jr.
Secretary                     Joyce Odongo
Chaplain                      Rev. Annette Stiles Pendergrass
Parliamentarian           John J. Schroepfer 

For more information, please contact Keisha Boyd – or (386)481-2991.


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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