Bethune-Cookman University introduced Dr. Edison Jackson as its interim president on Tuesday. Jackson will take over for Dr. Trudie Kibbe Reed, who retires on May 13.
The Daytona Times asked the readers: What are your thoughts on the new interim president coming in? What would you like to see a new president do differently than the last one?

“I feel that he should focus on pulling Cookman through the lawsuits that they face and focus on trying to bring a new gym. The new president should also work more with the community. As alumni, I really hope that the relationship with the school and the community improves.”
Marion Rouse, 43, Miami, B-CU alumni

“I think it is essential that he steps in where Dr. Reed lacked. Dr. Reed did some good things. She was president for eight years and whenever you are somewhere that long it is going to be problems. I would like to see more interactions with the students in regards of the president. I commend Dr. Jackson for taking on a hard position at a time our institution faces such challenges.”
Marcaje Saulter-Manning, 18, Minneapolis, Minn., B-CU student

“I feel that the new president will be very well-suited for the position based on his experience at his previous institution. I would like to see more student interaction and availability to the student population.”
Sean Bailey, 23, Port Charlotte, B-CU graduating senior

“I would like to see the new president show more concern about the students and the aspects of the school. He needs to push the school in a positive direction as our founder would be pleased with.”
Fredricka Taylor, 23, Hollywood, Fla., B-CU studentR



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