One of America ' s Best HBCU Built on a LEGACY of Faith , Hope & Love
Bethune-Cookman University is acclaimed world-wide today attributed to its well traveled award-winning BCU Wildcats " The Pride " Marching Band ; its sports programs with record championship seasons in Football , Baseball , aGolf , Tennis and Softball ; and its Stellar Academics and Degree Programs . A far cry from October 3 , 1904 , when a very determined young black woman , Mary McLeod Bethune , opened the Daytona Literary and Industrial Training School for Negro Girls with $ 1.50 , faith in God and five little girls : Lena , Lucille , and Ruth Warren , Anna Geiger and Celest Jackson .
Bethune Cookman University Hubert L . Grimes , John Reeves Daytona Beach , Florida December 2017
Dr . Bethune ' s legacy continues to excel with a determined student body inspired by an outstanding faculty and competent administration . In this tradition , the university has appointed The Honorable Hubert L . Grimes as its new Interim President . Seeking to establish and define a new standard for academic excellence amidst fiscal and administration indiscretions , the university ' s future has never looked brighter . Hubert Grimes , a retired County and Circuit Court Judge says , " As a longtime resident and public servant of this community , I am firmly committed to the task of helping Bethune-Cookman University continue its economic and human impact in this region and beyond ."
" Bethune-Cookman University is one of the best institutions of higher learning in the southern region because of its uncanny ability to educate and empower people to seek their own solutions ; to advocate for opportunities for all citizens to improve their quality of life ; and to inculcate an international perspective that would facilitate a keen appreciation of the new global realities . This will remain solvent ,"