BCU Leaders Pledge To Work Together To Fix Issues

By on October 19, 2018 in WNDB News

Daytona Beach, FL – The fears which led Bethune-Cookman students to hold several on-campus protests this week in support of its interim President have apparently had an effect on the group which oversees the university’s operation.

In a press conference today (October 19) following two days of meetings, Hubert Grimes and Board of Trustees Chair Michelle Carter-Scott pledged to work together to get the school out of its current financial and accreditation issues.

A small crowd of students surrounded Grimes, Carter-Scott and the reporters at the press conference, which took place just east of the BCU Performing Arts Center on International Speedway Boulevard, next to the Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune statue.

Grimes also promised that he will not be removed until BCU finishes its search for a new President – one expected to wrap up sometime in February 2019 – and that no other BOT members are expected to resign or be removed in the foreseeable future.

The conference came after rumors that infighting between Grimes and trustees would lead to his removal, sparking student protests all week long over the perceived instability of the university and its leadership.

Grimes attempted to quell those fears during another press conference earlier this week where he denied the school was on the “verge of extinction”, but two more student-led protests followed after that, including during the first day of the BOT meeting yesterday.

Questions from the press were limited by school officials after Grimes and Carter-Scott made their statement, but neither one would comment when asked of rumors about a $150 million offer made to the university during the BOT meeting in exchange for Grimes’ dismissal.

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