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Bethune-Cookman University Announces Partnership with the National Policy Alliance


The National Policy Alliance Launches the NPA Leadership Institute at B-CU and Welcomes World Conference of Mayor’s

The National Policy Alliance (NPA) will host a press conference on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at 11:30 A.M. in the President’s Banquet Room located in the Center for Civic Engagement on B-CU’s campus. The press conference will announce a four-year partnership agreement with Bethune-Cookman University to develop an Educational Leadership Institute for students with a focus on educational justice. The National Policy Alliance led by Executive Director Linda Haithcox Taylor and Mayor Johnny Ford has formed a partnership with the College of Education led by Dr. Willis Walter. Speakers at the press conference will include: B-CU Provost Dr. Helena Mariella-Walrond, Dean Dr. Willis Walter, Mayor Johnny Ford and Mayor Derrick Henry.

“We are proud to announce our partnership with the National Policy Alliance and the development of our policy institute. This opportunity gives our students a platform to share the importance of educational justice that is lacking in our community,” said Dr. Willis Walter, Dean of the College of Education. The funding for the Educational Leadership Institute will come from Koch Industries along with nine major organizations affiliated with the National Policy Alliance. 

The World Conference of Mayors meeting will take place in Orlando, Saturday, January 28th at 8:30 a.m. Dr. Walter has been invited to speak at Saturday’s meeting to raise awareness of educational justice.

For more information on the National Policy Alliance Educational Leadership Institute, contact: Dr. Willis Walter, 386-481-2078 or or Dr. Chevelle Hall, 386-481-2570

For media inquiries, please contact Ursula James: or (386) 481- 2975.

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About Bethune Cookman University:

Founded in 1904 by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) today sustains her legacy of faith, scholarship and service through its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its commitment to academic excellence and civic engagement.  B-CU offers 38 degrees on its main campus and online college. Located in Daytona Beach, B-CU is one of three private, historically black colleges in the state of Florida. The institution boasts a diverse and international faculty and student body of nearly 4,000.  For more information, visit