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Bethune-Cookman University Board of Trustees Names Dr. Michelle Carter-Scott Chairperson of the Board


"Immediately, I will begin the work of the Board. It is my honor to do so."- Dr. Michelle Carter-Scott

Daytona Beach, FL-  The Board of Trustees of Bethune-Cookman University announced that Dr. Michelle V. Carter-Scott has been designated as the newest chairperson, effective Monday, January 22, 2018. 

Dr. Carter plans to ensure the B-CU Board of Trustees remains consistent in transparency and inclusion of internal and external constituency groups based on the policies set for the committee. 

“The election to Bethune-Cookman University Chair of the Board became historical when two women were vying for the position,” Dr. Carter-Scott said. “In the life of the University, 113 years, there has not been a female board chair.” 

Dr. Carter-Scott, a B-CU alumna, is a former educator and community philanthropist who understands the guiding principles of entering to learn and departing to serve. In 2013, Dr. Carter-Scott developed the Bethune-Cookman University/Embassy of Hope Community Scholars Scholarship. Through her dedication and leadership, Dr. Carter-Scott has overseen the involvement of the Vince Carter Embassy of Hope Foundation by providing food to needy families and financial support of humanitarian efforts to several charitable groups in Volusia County, parts of the United States and Canada. 

Among her list of recognitions and awards, Dr. Carter-Scott received the Ida S. Baker Outstanding Minority Educator Award and in 2009 was recognized as the Child Advocate of the Year. She was inducted into the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Hall of Fame.

In 2015, Dr. Carter-Scott was honored with the Legion of Honor Chapel of Four Chaplains Bronze Medallion, a distinction that is annually bestowed upon no more than six individuals throughout the world. She served on several boards and committees advocating for youth: Children’s Home Society-North Coastal Division Scholarship Committee Chair; Children’s Home Society of Florida Foundation; Board of Governors for Durham College; University of Ontario Institute of Technology in Canada; and The Club, a youth recreation program in Orange County, Florida.

Dr. Carter-Scott earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Education from Bethune-Cookman University, a Master of Science degree in Administration and Supervision from Nova University, and an honorary doctorate of Business Administration (DBA) from Bethune-Cookman University.

Dr. Carter-Scott currently serves on the following boards/committees: Ambassador & Leadership Team for the Halifax Humane Society; Civic League-Halifax Area; Halifax Medical Foundation Board; Bethune-Cookman University Board of Trustees; and Bethune-Cookman University Alumni Association, lifetime member. She is also a former Miss Bethune-Cookman University and 2008-2009 National Alumni representative.

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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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