BCU Mourns Death Of Fourth President

By on February 18, 2019 in WNDB News

Daytona Beach, FL – The Wildcat Nation is in mourning after Bethune-Cookman University says goodbye to one of its presidents.

Dr. Oswald P. Bronson, a 1950 alumnus of BCU and the institution’s fourth president passed away yesterday (February 17th), at the age of 91.

A former student of BCU founder, Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, Dr. Bronson was known for his spirit of servant leadership, and his tireless work to advance her mission to educate.

He pastored several United Methodist Churches throughout Florida, Georgia and Chicago between 1950 and 1956, marched with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and was highly respected among college and university presidents throughout the country.

Dr. Bronson served BCU as its President Emeritus from 1975 until 2003. Before that he was the president at the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta George from 1968 and 1975. Following his time at BCU, he was the president of Edward Waters College in Jacksonville, from 2005 to 2007.

“Dr. Bronson’s legacy is that of a reverend educator, spiritual leader and humanitarian whose reach extended throughout the nation,” said BCU Interim President Hubert Grimes. “He was a larger-than-life figure who transitioned during a month in which we celebrate giants in Black History. I considered him a mentor and friend.”

Photo courtesy of Bethune-Cookman University

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