Program Success Christian Reader September 2007

Vol. 15 No. 9 SEPTEMBER 2007 FREE MONTHLY Dr. Trudie Kibbe Reed President of the Great Bethune-Cookman University Rich in heritage and a prominent legacy of faith, service, and scholarship, the Great Bethune-Cookman College is a place where dreams become reality and where education leads to hope for a better tomorrow. Dr. Trudie Kibbe Reed has walked in the footprints of history enlarging the path of success as she journeys step by step. In a tradition of academic excellence, as the university’s fifth president and the first woman to serve in this capacity since its founder, Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, Dr. Reed has perpetuated the uniqueness of a top tier university that both inspires and enriches the lives of all who work, matriculate or visits. Dr. Trudie Kibbe Reed assumed the presidency of Bethune-Cookman College on August 16, 2004 after a successful career in higher education as both a for- mer college president and a high ranking administrator within The United Methodist Church. She is a student-centered leader, educator, task-mas- ter, administrator, visionary/transformative leader, public speaker, motivator, and fund raiser. As an elementary school student, Dr. Reed became enam- ored with Bethune-Cookman College after playing the role of College founder, Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, in a school play. Dr. Reed states: “I never thought I would walk in the footprints of such a remarkable leader who served as my role model during my formative years.” Dr. Reed reminds students to sustain the legacy of faith, scholarship, and service by giving back to society and engaging in civic leadership opportu- nities. As President, Dr. Reed is well on her way to pre- serving D r. Bethune’s legacy and enhancing the tradition of academic excellence. To the credit of her early tenure, the university boost of the following suc- cesses: February 2007 – attained University status August 2006 - Launched a new master’s degree program in Transformative Leadership May 2007 - An increased endowment from $25 million to $43 million Anticipate opening a new School of Nursing Facility named for B-CU Trustee Emeritus Dr. L. Gale Lemerand. Purchased for $1.7M, the facility will provide a commu- nity based health-care outreach program. see DR. REED on page 20 All photos this page by John Reeves