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U.S. Secretary of Education Appoints B-CU President Reed to National Advisory Board

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U.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.

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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.

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