Daytona Beach, FL - In what may be his last official letter to the Wildcat Nation, the soon-to-be former interim president announces that his institution is granted an additional year of probation.
That letter was released today (June 13th) by Interim President Hubert Grimes, who will be stepping down in a few days after serving almost two years at the helm of Bethune-Cookman University.
Two years that Grimes summed up in a quote from Charles Dickens' "A Tale Of Two Cities," "it was the best of times, it was the worst of times."
In his letter to BCU, Grimes says he was advised by a Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) liaison that the board granted an additional year of probation for BCU.
According to Grimes, this will "allow the university the opportunity to continue its work to full recovery."
He also said a more detailed report from SACSCOC will be coming soon, which provides "additional specificity" about Bethune's probation.
Either way, he says the school is moving in a right direction.
Grimes also provided a document detailing the "highlights of positive activity" that occurred during his tenure as the institution's interim president. You can view that by clicking here.
It wasn't made clear on when Grimes plans on officially stepping down, seeing that he announced his departure in May.
But, at the beginning of next month, Bethune will officially welcome their seventh president, Dr. E. LaBrent Chrite, who was announced as the school's new president in April.
Dr. Chrite's official first day will be July 1st.