BY JAMES HARPER
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.
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.