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Bethune-Cookman University Names the College of Liberal Arts in Honor of Rufus and Janice Wilson

Bethune-Cookman University will host a special naming ceremony on Friday, October 13th at 12:30 p.m., in honor of the Rufus and Janice Wilson College of Liberal Arts. The B-CU Board of Trustees, Interim President Dr. Hubert L. Grimes, University family, and guests are all welcome to attend. 

Philanthropist, champion for change and an all-around “boots on the ground” supporter, Rufus Wilson exemplifies B-CU’s motto, “Enter to Learn. Depart to Serve.” Rufus Wilson is a 1983 graduate and long-time supporter of B-CU. In 2008, he launched the Wanda Wilson Foundation as a way to honor the legacy of his late mother who was an educator, humanitarian and advocate for youth. Years later, Wilson’s wife, an esteemed educator, mother and friend passed away, thus producing a legacy of servanthood through the Wanda and Janice Wilson Foundation. The main focus of the WJWF is the Wilson Rotunda Legacy Tree fundraising project. The legacy tree is permanently housed in the College of Liberal Arts building. The branches and roots of the tree represent the lineage of Rufus and Janice Wilson, catalysts of the Foundation and the generational connection of their parents, David and Blevins Jackson and Robert and Wanda Wilson. 

In 2015, B-CU began its partnership with the WJWF and the College of Liberal Arts was named the Rufus and Janice M. Wilson Memorial Rotunda, where Mr. Wilson honored new donors and supporters; and also presented a major gift of $700,000 on behalf of the WJWF to the University. Organizations like the Janice and Wanda Wilson Foundation have helped hundreds of students receive scholarships, internship opportunities, and job placement. “It takes helping one another and building healthy collaborations,” said Rufus Wilson. 

Several individual and corporate donors have invested in the Wilson family and B-CU. To date, Wilson has raised $1,000,000 in educational scholarships for deserving students who want to obtain a college degree. “Our goal is to change a student’s life so that when they leave B-CU, they can do the same thing for the student coming behind them,” he added. On Friday, October 13th, Rufus Wilson will stand alongside some of his former scholarship recipients, family, and Interim President Grimes to mark this momentous occasion. 

The Foundation looks to continuously support the next generation of leaders and is confident in their efforts thus far. For more information about the WJWF, please visit

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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

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