Dr. Edison Jackson, who has served as Bethune-Cookman University’s interim president since last May, was named the university’s sixth president last week by B-CU’s Board of Trustees. His tenure began immediately and will conclude on July 1, 2016.

The Daytona Times asked B-CU students: What are your thoughts on Dr. Jackson being named to the position permanently and what are the main things you would like to see him accomplish?

130328_dt_speakout01President Jackson is a wonderful president. He has done a great job so far at Bethune-Cookman University. I couldn’t have asked for a better leader to lead our university in the right direction. I would like to see the university, however more enclosed. Not directly off from the community but a safer, more secure campus.
D’Angela Harvey, 20,
B-CU nursing student from Titusville

130328_dt_speakout01bReceiving the good news that President Jackson is now the permanent president of Bethune-Cookman University was the best news I’ve heard all semester. President Jackson supports every student at Bethune-Cookman University. He cares for our university and the changes he has made so far reflects it all. I would like to see him bring back more alumni involvement. We all know alumni are what keeps the school going and we need them to help better our school.
Tiara Anderson, 19,
B-CU accounting major from Stockbridge, Ga.

130328_dt_speakout01cPresident Jackson has done a great job with all the changes he has made at Bethune-Cookman university. Our university is becoming bigger and better everyday. President Jackson is a very passionate leader and it shows through his actions. I want President Jackson to continue on pushing our university forward. I believe if he keeps doing what he is doing now that in the next five years we will be one of the top schools.
Ayanna Aaron, 21,
B-CU business administration
major from Miami

130328_dt_speakout01dI am elated that the Board of Trustees has granted President Jackson permission to continue on as the permanent president of Bethune-Cookman University. He has done a wonderful job so far accommodating the students’ needs. He has made changes for the better of our university. I would like him to keep on evolving and bettering our university. Our university comes from great history and though President Jackson has made modern changes we still have our history, which I know he values along with the students of Bethune-Cookman University.
Tiara Williams, 20,
B-CU mass communications major
from Cleveland, Ohio

130328_dt_speakout01eI love that he is our new permanent president because he is highly in touch with what the students want from the university! What I would like to see from his presidency are updates to the science building and expansion of the environmental science department. Our labs are outdated and we need better equipment for more accurate data regarding experiments. Also updated labs increase the safety of students and professors from accidental harm.
Kwanza Johnson, 20,
B-CU environmental science major
from Cleveland, Ohio

130328_dt_speakout01fI love our new president Dr. Jackson. From Day 1, he has been making a difference here at the great Bethune-Cookman University. Making him permanent was a great choice. I would like to see him bring more emphasis to majors that might not be as popular as others but are just as important such as nursing and history. I look forward to watching the new president continue great changes at B-CU!
Tiffany Wiggleton, 21,
B-CU nursing major from Atlanta

Tamara Patrick, is a B-CU mass communications major who is interning this semester with the Daytona Times.



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