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President Jackson Encourages the Civic League to Support and Visit Bethune-Cookman University


President Jackson was the guest speaker for the Civic League of the Halifax Area’s monthly luncheon. He was welcomed by nearly 75 league members, including B-CU Trustees Michelle Carter-Scott and Kent Sharples, and Dr. Joe Petrock, who serves as chairman of the Civic League and B-CU Board of Trustees.   President Jackson shared his vision for B-CU and offered the audience a few updates on recent developments.  He spoke about the residence halls and upcoming plans for a new student union.  President Jackson also talked about the amenities of the new structures and proudly announced that more than 3,000 students will be living on campus.  President Jackson went on to candidly discuss how the university continues to be a vital asset to its students and community.  “The fastest elevator to the good life is education,” said President Jackson.  “We are the way out for many of these students looking to escape difficult situations at home.  However, we are very clear that this is a place for progression.  If you are not here to get your education, we will happily send you back home.” 

President Jackson spoke highly of the university faculty and the investment he will continue to make to ensure that students receive a quality education at B-CU.“B-CU is about excellence.  There is no watered down education.  If you are not about excellence, just as you came in, you will be out.”  President Jackson ending his address by inviting the league members to visit the B-CU campus to see the great new developments.  He also asked that they keep the university in prayer.  Following his address, the Civic League thanked Dr. Jackson and presented him with a framed token of appreciation.  

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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 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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