For many, it was bad enough for US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to be announced as Bethune-Cookman University’s 2017 commencement speaker. It got worse when officials taunted protestors by publishing photos of half-filled boxes of petitions to the school calling for her invitation to be rescinded.
One week after officials at Bethune-Cookman University announced a lawsuit against former administrators for what they called fraudulent dealings in establishing a dorm construction contract, the university is being sued by a different private developer which alleges the school owes more than $1 million in funds used to secure land and building permits for an off-campus apartment project.
Two weeks ago, a group of Bethune-Cookman University graduates got together and called for the resignation of 12 members of the school’s board of trustees. At the heart of their demand was growing concern over a 2012 dorm construction deal which may cost the university more than $300 million, more than six times the value of the construction project.
Members of the Bethune-Cookman University campus community overwhelmingly endorse plans by Florida state lawmakers to replace a statue of a Confederate general with iconic school founder Mary McLeod Bethune in the halls of Congress.
Facing continuing criticism over dwindling finances and questionable executive decision making, Bethune-Cookman University President Edison Jackson has announced his intention to resign, with trustees remaining mum on the date and terms of his departure.
A controversial dormitory project which has landed Bethune-Cookman University in the crosshairs of angry alumni in and around Daytona Beach, will apparently cost the university more than $300 million over a 40-year payment agreement and was executed with the forged signature of school President Edison Jackson.
It only seems like a lot because officials have not been forthcoming about the numbers and because Bethune-Cookman University, like many historically black colleges and universities, doesn’t have millions lying around to address issues of crisis.
A unique partnership between the International Human Rights Commission and Bethune-Cookman University will seek to add research and advocacy to development efforts in five African and Caribbean nations.
The partnership, which BCU officials say is the first of its kind to be developed with a historically black college or university, adds institutional support to the United Nation’s 2030 Agenda for sustainable national development.
The weekend went from historic to legendary as Bethune-Cookman defeated Florida 6-2 Sunday in the NCAA Gainesville [Fla.] Regional at McKethan Stadium and force a decisive game Monday afternoon at 4 p.m.
Several pundits and writers have criticized graduates at historically black Bethune-Cookman University for incivility shown during US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ speech, but have withheld similar critique for graduates from the University of Notre Dame.
It’s commencement season. And college graduates across the country are reveling in this extraordinary ritual of spring. Parents beam with pride. Families, many of whom have traveled a great distance to attend graduation ceremonies, shout with joy as their love ones walk across the stage and receive their diploma.
The graduation season of 2017 has offered some interesting comparison in leadership among HBCU presidents.
The administration at Bethune-Cookman University, under the leadership of Dr. Eddie Jackson, invited controversy when it announced that the U.S.
Texas Southern University today rescinded the invitation for U.S. Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) to serve as commencement speaker, prompted by online petitions and the threat of protests.
Because no one wants a repeat of the Bethune-Cookman debacle on their campus, right?