Bethune-Cookman President Trudie Kibbe-Reed Resigns
The Daytona Beach News-Journal is today reporting that Bethune-Cookman President Trudie Kibbe-Reed offered her resignation to university trustees last Friday. Neither Dr. Kibbe-Reed or board officials have offered reason for the resignation, and no timetable has been set for her departure.
Dr. Kibbe-Reed had served as president of the university since 2004, leading the school’s transition from college to university and overseeing marked improvements in facilities, athletics and degree offerings. She was the first female president of the institution since its founding by renowned educational and civil rights activist Dr. Mary McLeod-Bethune.
Dr. Kibbe-Reed spent the latter part of 2011 facing controversy, as the university faced nearly a dozen lawsuits from former faculty for firings they claim were without due process, and from former football and basketball head coaches Alvin Wyatt Sr. and Clifford Reed.
Dr. Kibbe-Reed last made news with a campus forum aimed at hazing prevention held last week.