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President's Inauguration

In 1904, with faith in God, $1.50 and five little girls, Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune embarked on a journey to transform lives and opened the Daytona Educational and Industrial Training School for Negro Girls. In 1919, the curriculum was expanded and the name was changed to the Daytona Normal and Industrial Institute. In 1923, it became a co-ed high school as a result of the merger with the Cookman In- stitute of Jacksonville, Florida (founded in 1872) and was named the Daytona Cookman Collegiate Institute. The institution evolved into a junior college and was subsequently renamed Bethune-Cookman College in 1931, and in 2007, the institution achieved university status with the offering of graduate programs and became Bethune- Cookman University.


Throughout its existence and evolution, Bethune-Cookman University established a stellar reputation for preparing women and men for leadership and service. Bethune-Cookman Univer- sity’s academic reputation, dynamic faculty and 82-acre historic campus attracts more than 3,500 students from across the United States and around the world. At B-CU, students receive a liberal arts education in a full range of academic programs including business, education, humanities, the sciences and nursing.

After having served eleven months as interim president, Dr. Edison O. Jackson accepted the appointment to become the sixth president of Bethune-Cookman University on March 20, 2013, bringing with him a wealth of experience and knowledge in administering the affairs of educational institutions. In September 1983, Dr. Jackson served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Academic Office at Essex. He assumed the Presidency of Medgar Evers College of The City University of New York on September 1, 1989. Before accepting the challenge to lead the team at Medgar Evers College, he was President/Superintendent of Compton Community College in California from July 1985 to August 1989.

President Jackson

The Inauguration will be held

Wednesday, the Sixteenth of October Two Thousand and Thirteen At Half Past One O’clock in the Afternoon

Bethune-Cookman University Performing Arts Center
640 Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Boulevard
Daytona Beach, Florida

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