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Women in Higher Education Celebrate Dr. Ashley Robertson


Dr. Ashley Robertson, B-CU Director of the Mary McLeod Bethune Foundation Advances he History of Women

Bethune-Cookman University’s Assistant Professor of African American Studies, Dr. Ashley N. Robertson is featured in the April issue of Women in Higher Education. Dr. Robertson currently serves as the director of the Mary McLeod Bethune Foundation. The historical landmark located on the campus of B-CU is where Dr. Robertson’s passion for history shines through.

In 2013, Dr. Robertson took her position as director of the foundation and assistant professor of African American Studies, and since then has become a published author highlighting the achievements of Dr. Bethune and her legacy. Dr. Robertson’s book, “Mary McLeod Bethune in Florida: Bringing Social Justice to the Sunshine State” provides personal accounts and testimonies from those who knew her the most, including her grandson Albert Bethune. Not only has Dr. Robertson provided information on Dr. Bethune by holding events in her honor, but she has implemented an initiative to bridge B-CU students and the Daytona Beach Community. “Books for Bears” is a monthly initiative established to bring a focus on literacy to youth ages 4-11 in Volusia County.

Although, Dr. Robertson obtained a bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in finance and banking, her love for history has always shown a strong interest. Dr. Robertson attended Temple University where she received her Master in African American Studies and matriculated through Howard University shortly after to graduate with a doctoral degree in African Diaspora history. Dr. Robertson’s dedication as an assistant history professor and director of the Mary McLeod Bethune Foundation is greatly appreciated by the B-CU faculty, staff and students and has kept Dr. Bethune’s legacy alive.

For more information on the Mary McLeod Bethune Foundation, contact Dr. Ashley Robertson, 386-481-222 or

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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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