The inauguration of Edison Ovanda Jackson

Filed under BETHUNE-COOKMAN, DAYTONA BEACH

Bethune-Cookman’s sixth president was installed on Wednesday

BY JAMES HARPER
DAYTONA TIMES

Dr. Edison Jackson is shown during his inauguration Wednesday at B-CU’s Performing Arts Center.(JOHN REEVES/B-CU)

Dr. Edison Jackson is shown during his inauguration Wednesday at B-CU’s Performing Arts Center.
(JOHN REEVES/B-CU)

After 11 months as the interim, Dr. Edison Jackson became Bethune-Cookman University’s sixth president on Wednesday. He became the interim president this spring.  It was his third time as a college president. In 1985, Jackson became president of Compton Community College in California. In 1989, he became president of Medgar Evers College in New York City. He held that position until he decided to retire in 2009.

Jackson already has started making structural improvements on campus. He recently told the Daytona Times that two more residence halls would be constructed before his presidency is finished.

Construction soon will begin on a new practice field for football players behind the Larry Handfield Training Center.

The family of Dr. Edison Jackson stands during the inauguration service for him on Wednesday at the inauguration of Bethune-Cookman University’s new president.(JOHN REEVES/B-CU)

The family of Dr. Edison Jackson stands during the inauguration service for him on Wednesday at the inauguration of Bethune-Cookman University’s new president.
(JOHN REEVES/B-CU)

Jackson also noted that B-CU’s enrollment has hit a historic high.

B-CU surpassed projections enrolling a record 3,787 students for fall 2013. The projected enrollment for fall 2013 was 3,471. Jackson added that B-CU received nearly 10,000 applications.

“Students from across the world see the value in a Bethune-Cookman education. We are focusing on academic excellence and that is drawing students who want a quality education,” he said.

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