U.S. Secretary of Education appoints B-CU President Reed to national advisory board

March 25, 2010

bethune-cookman1.jpgU.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has appointed Dr. Trudie Kibbe Reed, president of Bethune-Cookman University, to serve on the Historically Black College and Universities (HBCU) Capital Financing Advisory Board.  Dr. Reed was notified of her appointment in a letter from Secretary Duncan dated March 17.
Under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Education, the HBCU Capital Financing Program provides the nation’s historically black colleges and universities with access to financing to repair, renovate or construct campus buildings and infrastructure.    The HBCU Capital Financing Advisory Board advises the Secretary of Education on the best method of implementing the program and informs Congress of progress made towards the program’s goals. 
The panel meets with the Secretary of Education at least twice each year to discuss the capital needs of HBCU’s , ways to meet those needs through the HBCU Capital Financing Program, and additional steps to improve the program’s operations.
“It is a tremendous honor to serve on this prestigious panel alongside many of my fellow HBCU presidents,” noted President Reed.  “HBCU’s play a critical role in our nation’s system of higher education.  We must work together to ensure that all our sister institutions are able to upgrade their infrastructure to serve 21st century students. ”
Reed’s term begins immediately and will end on September 30, 2013.

Bethune-Cookman University to Honor Distinguished Alumni at Commencement Ceremony - May 9

April 3, 2009

bethune-cookman1.jpg(Daytona Beach, Fla.) - On Saturday, May 9, 2009, Bethune-Cookman University will welcome two distinguished alumni back to to campus as participants in the University’s 2009 commencement ceremony.  Mr. Ricardo P. Deveaux (’90), senior assistant secretary in the Bahamian Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture, and Mr. Lee Rhyant (’72), executive vice president and general manager for the Marietta, Ga., facility of Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company and a B-CU Trustee, will both receive the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters.  Mr. Deveaux will give the commencement address.
The commencement ceremony will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday, May 9th at the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach, FL.“It is my great honor to welcome these two distinguished alumni back to Bethune-Cookman University.  Mr. Deveaux and Mr. Rhyant represent the kind of excellence that we seek to develop in our students – professionalism, leadership and a commitment to serving the community.  In these challenging times, our graduating seniors will benefit greatly from the advice and wisdom Mr. Deveaux will provide in his remarks,” notes B-CU President Trudie Kibbe Reed.

Bethune Cookman Band Director Recognized

February 21, 2008

Donovan Wells calls himself a country boy who grew up fishing and tending patches of vegetables on the family farm in Virginia, even earning money for school by packing hams in Smithfield.But the director of bands — including the Marching Wildcats — at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach has reached out far beyond the banks of Virginia’s James River, and not only with his music.

This month, he’s among the ambassadors of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) featured in a free booklet titled “Profiles in Pride: March of the Mighty,” available at all Wal-Mart stores. Kraft, the other project sponsor, ensured the booklet’s food element, and Wells contributed the Crispy Fried Fish recipe he and his father have always used.

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Bethune Cookman College Becomes Bethune Cookman University

February 20, 2008

(Daytona Beach, Fla.) – In the spirit of love and appreciation for the hard work of her trustees, faculty, staff, students, and alumni, President Dr. Trudie Kibbe Reed took the opportunity of Valentine’s Day to make a campus-wide announcement that the college has officially been renamed BETHUNE-COOKMAN UNIVERSITY.

“This has been a part of the vision for the college since August of 2004,” said Dr. Reed. A grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation funded the initial planning that resulted in a master’s degree program being launched in August 2007. That step led to the school’s eligibility for university status.

“Our graduate school and the graduate program in Transformative Leadership have enabled us to become the great Bethune-Cookman University,” said Reed. “I am certain that our founder, Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, would be very pleased that we have taken her vision into the 21st century.”
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