B-CU Alumnus Credits University for Professional Success
Dr. Dorcas McCoy, dean of the B-CU School of Social Sciences, recently shared a letter she received from Nicholas Solomon, a former student who now holds two degrees from B-CU – a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice (2006) and a Master of Science in Transformative Leadership (2008).
Solomon wanted Dr. McCoy and the B-CU family to know that he is doing very well professionally. After three years working at the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice, he now has returned to higher education, serving as community director in the housing and residence life department and adjunct professor for freshman orientation at Troy University in Alabama. In this position, he oversees approximately 650 residence hall beds, 25 student workers, and he teaches 70 students in two freshman orientation courses.
Crediting his years at B-CU for preparing him to succeed in the world, Solomon wrote:
“I believe that I was led to B-CU by God . . . . The major factor of me being a successful student throughout my matriculation at B-CU was due to being able to have that one-on-one attention from faculty and staff. BC-U taught me a lot of the founding of the school, the founder, Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, and most important, that I must enter to learn . . . . BC-U also taught me to depart to serve, so my overall career perspective is to create change, to make a difference with youth and within the society as a whole. The Transformative Leadership program led me to an ideology that I apply to my goals and daily life . . . . Dr. [Trudie Kibbe] Reed defines transformative leadership ‘…as the ability to go beyond traditional barriers of thinking…’ That’s what I plan to do in my life and in my career.”
In addition to his academic work, Solomon was active in a number of campus activities and organizations. He served as president of the Criminal Justice Association, vice president of Young Democrats Club and Alpha Phi Sigma Honor Society, and he was promotions director and vice president of WBCC Radio.
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Founded in 1904 by 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 baccalaureate degrees in 37 majors through six academic schools – Arts & Humanities; Business; Education; Nursing; Science, Engineering and Mathematics; and Social Sciences – and maintains intercollegiate athletic programs and instrumental and choral groups that have achieved national recognition. 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 more than 3,400.