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Re: Bethune-Cookman president resigns
« Reply #1 on: March 16, 2021, 03:03:06 PM »
???......so dude just storms out the door without giving his Board a heads up?

What’s THAT all about?   :shrug:

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Re: Bethune-Cookman president resigns
« Reply #2 on: March 16, 2021, 03:25:46 PM »
 :shrug:  Hmmm....
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Re: Bethune-Cookman president resigns
« Reply #3 on: March 16, 2021, 05:17:00 PM »
Wow.
Not saying I’m Flawless. But I dam sure don’t tarnish.

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Re: Bethune-Cookman president resigns
« Reply #4 on: March 16, 2021, 05:18:17 PM »
Time will surely tell but...DAYUM!!!  :shrug:
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Re: Bethune-Cookman president resigns
« Reply #5 on: March 16, 2021, 06:04:39 PM »
???......so dude just storms out the door without giving his Board a heads up?

What’s THAT all about?   :shrug:

Strike, I reached out to my contacts who communicate with him and his board chair every day. I'll share what I find out with the board when they get back to me.

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Re: Bethune-Cookman president resigns
« Reply #6 on: March 16, 2021, 10:40:41 PM »
 :)^^^well, I knew that if anyone on this board can report the real scoop out of Daytona Beach, it would be you.  You don’t normally post shyt on this board unless it is solid information, so I look forward to knowing what’s going on.  ;)

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Re: Bethune-Cookman president resigns
« Reply #7 on: March 17, 2021, 12:57:54 AM »
Here is a dramatization of the BCU resignation.



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Re: Bethune-Cookman president resigns
« Reply #8 on: March 17, 2021, 02:21:36 AM »
Well Que who is going to replace Huggie Bear at Alabama A&M? :lol: :lol: :lmao:
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Re: Bethune-Cookman president resigns
« Reply #9 on: March 17, 2021, 09:40:28 AM »
WOW, Cookman. I pray they resolve this issue. Cookman has gone through a lot over the past few years.

that's all...  :no:

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Re: Bethune-Cookman president resigns
« Reply #10 on: March 17, 2021, 01:20:17 PM »
HBCU Digest claims that the BCU president left for another job:
https://www.hbcudigest.com/p/hbcu-presidential-departures


Bethune-Cookman University President E. LaBrent Chrite resigned his post this morning, and tomorrow is expected to be announced as the new president of a predominantly white institution.

Sources say Chrite, who was hired at BCU in July 2019, will leave behind a record of success and respect from the campus community, but a great deal of tension with the university’s board of trustees. It isn’t the first time that the university’s executive body has faced allegations of tampering, lack of support, infighting, or incompetence, and it probably won’t be the last.

But Chrite’s defection is the latest and among the highest-profile of a quiet trend among the HBCU presidential ranks; PWIs looking to lure Black leadership away from Black colleges.

Last month, Old Dominion University named Brian Hemphill its first African American president, five years after he was hired away from West Virginia State University by Radford University.

Privately over the last two years, several high-profile HBCU presidents, particularly among the private institutions, have been courted by public and private PWIs in searches. Their reasons for staying are simple; they love the students and the community more than they hate the fight for resources and cooperation from the board.

But several things are beginning to change the calculus. The windfall of philanthropy from wealthy companies and benefactors is winding down to half-life nearly a year after the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and the killing of George Floyd. Pandemic-related government support has probably seen its last action in Congress. Millions remain without jobs and industries remain without a plan for recovery from losses.

This is particularly true in higher education, where downward trends in enrollment and rising costs in tuition will create a sudden and potentially catastrophic reality for HBCU campuses already facing significant debt.

Before the ship begins sinking, many talented presidents in their early and golden years alike will head for the exits before rent comes due and fingers start pointing in blame.

Where will they go? Several presidents could make it big as administrators in big money sectors of business, consulting, or healthcare. Some could become political advisors, liaisons, or bundlers with the keenest of insight on the all-important African American voting bloc.

And some will go to lead predominantly white institutions which can offer more money, more stability, and a political culture that in many ways is more tolerable than that of an HBCU. Working with and for people brings anxiety, intrigue, and treachery no matter where you are. But when it happens amongst your own people and there’s no money to insulate institutional systems from its effects, and the check you receive every two weeks makes it feel less than worthwhile, the allure of serving in the name of ‘the cause’ grows dimmer by months, days, and sometimes even hours.

HBCUs are the subject of the nation’s affection right now, but there will be an end to the love affair. The catalysts for this support are tethered to unspeakable tragedies that swept unprecedented racial reckoning and economic infusion well beyond our campus and community borders, and when the days get warmer, the affection will grow colder.

Presidents are paid to be the smartest among us, and they clearly see the writing on the wall. They are talking about it privately in growing numbers and in rising volume to folks who can read between lines and those who are fluent in understanding the language of a body of work within a campus community.

Are we listening? Or will we continue to drown them out with interference, pettiness, and a lack of support until there’s no one left to lead?

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Re: Bethune-Cookman president resigns
« Reply #11 on: March 17, 2021, 01:51:35 PM »
Cookman's president is here:

https://www.bentley.edu/about/president/meet-president-1

Dr. E. LaBrent Chrite has been appointed the ninth president of Bentley University, one of the leading business schools in the country. Chrite is the president at Bethune-Cookman University and the former dean of the University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business. 

The announcement comes after a nationwide search and with input from the Bentley community of students, faculty, staff and alumni on the qualities desired in the university's new president. Bentley's board of trustees voted unanimously to confirm Chrite as the next president.

“Brent Chrite shares our vision and passion for educating ethical leaders who make business a force for positive change,” said Paul Condrin, interim president and chair of the Bentley University board of trustees. “He has dedicated his career to improving business education and expanding economic opportunities across the country and around the world, and I know he will lead Bentley University to greater heights in the years to come.”

Chrite has more than 25 years of leadership experience in higher education. Most recently, as  president of Bethune-Cookman, a historically Black university in Florida, he led a process that created a long-term strategy for institutional governance and fiscal integrity, leading the university out of probation and strengthening its academic and administrative leadership teams. 

As dean of the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver, Chrite oversaw the development of a strategic plan aligned with the changing higher education landscape, leading to new programs, increased enrollment, student satisfaction and revenues. He also served as dean of the Feliciano School of Business at Montclair State University, where he increased graduate enrollment by 24 percent, led the creation of a center for entrepreneurship, and partnered with the cities of Newark and Patterson to invite inner-city high school students to campus and introduce them to careers in business.

Throughout his career, Chrite has viewed business as a force to improve society and change lives for the better. He has worked to strengthen economic conditions and improve business education opportunities for residents around the world, including in Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Namibia, Ukraine, Uzbekistan and for the Tohono O’odhom Nation on the Sells Reservation in Arizona.   

“I believe the beauty of business lies in its ability to create solutions to human problems,” said Chrite. “A Bentley University education weaves together business skills with the arts and sciences and empowers students to transform business, society and their communities. I’m excited to join Bentley and build upon this mission.”

Trustee Nick Stavropoulos ’79 led the search for a new president, which included listening sessions with students, faculty, staff and alumni to incorporate the community’s input into the process. 

“Now more than ever, Bentley needs a president who will lead with vision, inspiration and collaboration,” Stavropoulos said. “Brent Chrite stood out from a group of talented candidates as the right person to guide Bentley into our next era of excellence.”

Chrite, who grew up in Detroit, has a Ph.D. in management from the University of Michigan, Master’s degree in healthcare administration with an emphasis on finance from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and a Bachelor’s degree in community health services from Michigan State University. He will be the first Black president in the university's 104-year history. Brent and his wife Phyllis will join the Bentley community on June 1, 2021. 
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« Reply #12 on: March 17, 2021, 02:11:14 PM »
???^^^soflo, I've never heard of this school before your post.  And I still don't understand why the former Cookman prez hauled a.z.z before first informing his board.  Was he concerned that they might sabotage him or something?  :shrug:

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« Reply #13 on: March 17, 2021, 02:14:20 PM »
 :o :o
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Re: Bethune-Cookman president resigns
« Reply #14 on: March 17, 2021, 02:32:57 PM »
???^^^soflo, I've never heard of this school before your post.  And I still don't understand why the former Cookman prez hauled a.z.z before first informing his board.  Was he concerned that they might sabotage him or something?  :shrug:

Strike, from what I'm told, he has been trying to make this move for a while now. The board had essentially stripped him of any power to run the institution effectively. Also, there are still some shady people on their board. One of their former finance administrators has a lot of dirt on some of the board members (and former members) pertaining to that dorm financing issue that if and when they decide to drop it on the FDLE or FBI,  it'll be a wrap over there.

 

 

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