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B-CU President Jackson Delivers State of the University Address at the 48th National Alumni Association Convention

B-CU PRESIDENT JACKSON DELIVERS STATE OF THE UNIVERSITY ADDRESS AT 48TH NATIONAL ALUMNI ASSOCIATION CONVENTION

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B-CU President Edison O. Jackson delivered the State of the University Address on Thursday, June 23, 2016 at the President’s Luncheon for the 48th Annual National Alumni Association Convention. Faculty, staff, Board of Trustees, and alumni attended the luncheon as President Jackson shared news and updates regarding the university.

President Jackson shared plans to continue revitalization of the immediate community and utilization of the current resources to build a better learning and living environment for students.  With over $100 M in the annual budget, President Jackson’s call to action is for those dollars to stay in the local community and for leaders to find better ways to utilize them. He spoke about phase two of the new residence hall that will provide housing for an additional 300 or more students and opportunities for more campus activities so that students can enjoy the college experience in a safe environment. B-CU is also creating additional academic programs, and implementing quality customer service for students so that they will feel embraced by their faculty and staff. “We should have the best!” President Jackson said. “We have to join together because Dr. Bethune wanted this to be a thriving economic hub.”

President Jackson began his address by acknowledging the power of God, “Where there’s no vision, our people will perish. I am blessed to serve as the sixth president. We wouldn’t be where we are if God hadn’t planned ahead of us,” said President Jackson.  The President went on to acknowledge and thank our elected officials and leaders. He also shared his expectations, “We thank our supportive city officials who just don’t disappear when election season is over.  We appreciate you.  It’s that time again and if you want B-CU to back you, you must understand that we expect some things in return.  This election year we plan to march 2,000 or more students to the polls to exercise their civic responsibility and let the local community know that B-CU students have a presence.” 

For media inquiries, please contact Keisha Boyd- boydk@cookman.edu or (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 www.cookman.edu.

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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 www.cookman.edu.