Loading...

Newsroom

Lee Rhyant Speaks at Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Necrology Service

rhyant

On Friday, June 24th Lee Rhyant spoke to his fellow alumni at the Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Memorial Breakfast and Necrology Service to uplift Dr. Bethune’s legacy. He shared his stories relative to this years 48th Annual B-CU NAA Convention, “Returning to the Old Landmark.” Rhyant discussed the successes and challenges he faced while climbing the corporate ladder and what it took for him to succeed as an African-American male. “In 1970, I applied for a job North of Atlanta and the guy who interviewed me told me he didn’t have a job for me and probably never would. I ended up retiring from that company. He tried to take my hope, but what he did motivated me more than ever.”

Mr. Rhyant referred to the old campus of Bethune-Cookman College, presently known as B-CU, and spoke on how Dr. Bethune’s values head, heart and hand carried him through his life’s journey.  He spoke about overcoming cancer twice, learning how to walk again after being paralyzed from the Swine Flu, falsely accused seven times and in 2003 victimized in a tragic mass murder. “All glory to God,” Rhyant said.

He left the guests with his greatest lessons and charged them to remember the teachings of Dr. Bethune and her beliefs. “I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel,” said Rhyant; one of his favorite quotes to live by from Dr. Maya Angelou. “I never forgot how people made me feel, even when I was told I wouldn’t be who I am today.”

Lee Rhyant is a former trustee, retired executive for Lockheed Martin (Marietta, Ga.) and Rolls-Royce Aerospace, and current President of LER Solutions, LLC. In 2012, the first co-ed honor’s residential life center was named after Lee E. Rhyant. It houses 270 students with comfortable living amenities for student access and continued learning.

For media inquiries, please contact Keisha Boyd- boydk@cookman.edu or (386) 481-2991.

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 www.cookman.edu.

Office of Communication

Keisha Boyd
Director of Communications
boydk@cookman.edu
PH: 386.481.2991
FX: Fax

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 www.cookman.edu.