DAYTONA BEACH, FLA. – Dr. E. LaBrent Chrite will become the seventh president of Bethune-Cookman University, following a national search. He will take office effective July 1, 2019.

According to a press release from the University, Chrite will be stepping down as dean at the University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business in June. He previously served as dean at Montclair State University in New Jersey, and has held leadership positions at the University of Arizona-Tucson and the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.

Chrite also is an independent director of Gordon Food Service, a $15 billion privately held company, where he chairs the risk committee.

“I am tremendously honored to assume the presidency of Bethune-Cookman University, an academic institution with a storied history; great faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends; and a bright future,” said Chrite. “We face some serious challenges, but we have so much that’s outstanding in our community and traditions – and I have every confidence that together we will make exciting things happen. I am passionate about Bethune-Cookman and am thrilled to be a part of its community.”

“The board chose Dr. Chrite as President of Bethune-Cookman University because his global experience in leadership, business, policy and academic transformation will serve as the foundation for setting a new course for our beloved college. We look forward to working together to create a new and robust educational institution that preserves our history while taking us into the future.”

At Daniels, where he headed a faculty and staff of 220 serving more than 3,000 students, Chrite led the College through a major strategic shift – overhauling the academic portfolio, expanding the global footprint, creating a new generation of teaching and learning approaches matched to the demands of the 21st-century economy, and growing the faculty.

“Dr. Brent Chrite served as dean with deep integrity and great intelligence,” said Gregg Kvistad, the provost who hired Chrite. “His visionary, collaborative leadership is respected by colleagues across the University. His most lasting legacy, however, may be his singular focus on academic excellence and inclusion. Bethune-Cookman University is extremely fortunate to have landed Dr. Chrite as its next president.”

In addition to his leadership positions, Dr. Chrite has taught strategic management, leadership and international business to students and executives at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, at the Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona and at universities around the world.

“Brent Chrite is a leader who has demonstrated an innovative approach to complicated issues in education today,” said Jim Lentz, CEO of Toyota North American and a member of the Daniels Executive Advisory Board. “His keen intelligence combined with a passion for both faculty and students is a true asset for Bethune-Cookman University.”

Chrite is an expert on how to build individual and institutional economic capacities in challenging emerging markets around the world. He has worked on behalf of the World Bank to build education and business assistance programs across sub-Saharan African, and on behalf of the Eurasia Foundation to strengthen the private sector in Uzbekistan. He recently completed a three-year engagement to improve business education and entrepreneurship in Afghanistan, working under the auspices of the U.S. State Department and engaging Daniels faculty.

He is a native of Detroit, Michigan. He and his wife, Phyllis, have three children and one grandchild. He complete his undergraduate work at Michigan State University, earned an M.S. from the University of Missouri-Columbia and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.

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.  

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JACKSONVILLE, FL – Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, award-winning historian, New York Times Best-Selling Author, and 2016 National Book Award winner will deliver the Edward Waters College’s spring commencement address on Saturday, May 11, 2019 at Bethel Baptist Church.

According to a press release by the University, Dr. Ibram X. Kendi is a University Professor of History and Director of the Antiracist Research & Policy Center at American University in Washington, D.C. A graduate of Florida A&M University, at 34 years old Dr. Kendi was the youngest ever winner of the National Book Award for non-fiction.

“I am very pleased to announce that Dr. Ibram X. Kendi will join us as our speaker for the Edward Waters spring commencement ceremony,” said Dr. A. Zachary Faison, Jr., President & CEO. “An award-winning historian and best-selling author, Dr. Kendia is a renowned self-professed hardcore humanist and a leading voice in our national discourse on racial reconciliation, social justice and humanity. His diverse perspectives and commentary on key issues affecting our lives will enrich and inspire our graduates as they embark to make a meaningful difference in their local communities and throughout the world.”

Consistent with the College’s mission of nurturing a rich intellectual community, earlier this academic year Edward Waters College (EWC) launched its inaugural Shared Common Reading Initiative which was developed as a way to challenge students, faculty, and staff to examine themselves and the local and global worlds they inhabit through reading. This year’s shared common reading text, Stamped From The Beginning: A Definitive History of Racist Ideas In America by Dr. Kendi, encourages integration of these ideas and perspective amongst all members of the Edward Waters College Community.

In 2019, Dr. Kendi was selected as John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellow. In addition, Dr. Kendi has published fourteen essays in books and academic journals, and he is the author of the award-winning book on Black student activism in the lat 1960s and early 1970s, The Black Campus Movement. Kendi has been visiting professor at Brown University, a 2013 National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellow, and postdoctoral fellow at the Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis. A frequent speaker and contributor of op-eds, Kendi has written for several periodicals including Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, The Root, Salon, The New York Times, New York Daily News , Time, Signature, The Huffington Post, The Washington Post, and The Chronicle of Higher Education. He is currently working on his next book, How To Be An Antiracist, which will be published in 2019 by One World, a division of Penguin Random House.

“The entire Edward Waters College community is thrilled that Dr. Kendi will join us at this year’s Commencement, as we continue to work with great vigor and focus towards providing our students with a competitive higher educational experience that is Nulli Secundus – Second to None!” said President Faison.

About Edward Waters College

Edward Waters College (EWC), accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges, and Schools (SACS) and member of the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), is a private, historically black, urban college which offers a liberal arts education with a strong emphasis on the Christian principles of high moral and spiritual values. EWC was established in 1866 and is an African Methodist Episcopal Church – related institution of learning. It is the first private institution of higher education in the State of Florida. For more information, visit www.ewc.edu.

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Dr. Jarrus Hardrick earned the permanent post after serving as interim president since July 2018.

MIAMI GARDENS, FL – FMU’s Board of Trustees appointed Dr. Jaffus Hardrick as its 14th president, effective immediately. The Board originally tapped Hardrick to serve as interim president in July 2018. During the institution’s annual Founders’ Day observance, Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver G. Gilbert, III boldly declared, “Something is happening at Florida Memorial University. There is new energy and it is exciting.”

The same sentiments have been shared by many key leaders throughout South Florida and the country. Many have expressed support for and have endorsed Hardrick as the right leader for FMU.

“Dr. Hardrick is an ambitious and visionary leader who has demonstrated a commitment to student success and academic excellence throughout his career,” said Attorney JoLinda Herring, chair of FMU’s Board of Trustees. “He brings a wealth of experience and we want to continue the momentum. It is truly a new day at FMU.”

According to a press release by the University, an award-winning academic executive, Hardrick comes to South Florida’s only historically black university with more than twenty years of experience in higher education. He worked for more than ten years at Florida International University (FIU) where he served as vice provost for Access and Success and vice president of Human Resources. Under Hardick’s leadership, FIU earned national recognition from Forbes, and the Chronicle of Higher Education, among other organizations. Prior to FMU, he worked at Baylor University for twelve years serving as assistant provost for Academic Affairs and vice president of Human Resources.

“I thank God for the opportunity to serve and lead FMU to the next level of academic excellence and national prominence. Under my leadership, FMU will be fully integrated into the greater community and focus on preparing students to compete in the global marketplace, transition to rigorous graduate and professional schools, or develop their own enterprises,” said President Hardrick. “Our five strategic principles will help us continue to transform ourselves and our community.”

“A healthy and prosperous FMU is good for our diverse student body and great for this community. We cannot do this work alone. I am inviting the entire community to support our students and help us close the resource gaps that create barriers to graduation.”

Since assuming the role as FMU’s interim president, the Hardrick Administration has accomplished the following, among other things, which has made a difference:

  • Expanded donor pool and raised more than $1.7 million in less than a year;
  • Hosted 50th anniversary gala celebrating FMU’s five decades in South Florida;
  • Secured a partnership with CareerSource South Florida to established a career services center;
  • Expanded micro-credential and vocational opportunities;
  • Approved the development of two healthcare-oriented degree programs;
  • Strengthened FMU’s Division of Academic Affairs and the university’s student engagement infrastructure; and
  • Expanded student internship opportunities with various city and federal agencies.

Hardrick is an HBCU alumnus, earning his bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette; a master’s in Education in Counseling from Prairie View A&M University; and a doctorate in Educational Administration from Baylor University. He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, Inc., 100 Black Men of America, Inc., a board member of the Florida Education Fund, Inc., and is an active participant in several other organizations. His scholarship has been published in the Association of Public and Land-Grant University, Association of American Colleges and Universities. He is also co-author of Making Global learning Universal: Promoting Inclusion and Success for All Students (Stylus).

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ABOUT FLORIDA MEMORIAL UNIVERSITY

Located in the City of Miami Gardens, Florida Memorial University is a private, historically black institution that offers 28 undergraduate degree programs and four graduate degree programs to a culturally diverse student body. Since its inception in 1879, the University has upheld a commitment to provide an academic education solid foundation built upon the pillars of leadership, character, and service. As South Florida’s only Historically Black College or University (HBCU), it is widely recognized as the birthplace of the Black National Anthem, Lift Every Voice and Sing. For more information, visit www.fmuniv.edu.


Every Monday, the HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF) will spotlight a Chancellor or President who currently serves a Historically Black College or University. This initiative recognizes and introduces those individuals who serve our nation HBCUs on a daily basis, changing and educating lives while producing the forthcoming visionary leaders of tomorrow.


This week’s Chancellor or President:  Dr. A. Zachary Faison, Jr., Edward Waters College

Dr. A. Zachary Faison, Jr., 30th President and CEO of Edward Waters College.

Dr. A. Zachary Faison, Jr., is the 30th President and CEO of Edward Waters College. Dr. Faison is a visionary and prolific higher education leader having set an audacious vision for EWC as a destination institution of Emerging Eminence.

A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Faison’s career exploits include distinguished professional experiences as a higher education executive administrator, educator, and attorney. He was most recently the General Counsel and Vice President of External Affairs at Tuskegee University where he served as the university’s chief legal officer and provided principal oversight for his legislative and governmental relations functions. Prior to that, he served as Vice President for Enrollment Management & Student Affairs at Virginia Union University (VUU) in Richmond, VA where he helped lead the university in achieving increases in overall student enrollment and retention having founded the VUU College for African-American Men (VCAAM). He also previously served as Special Assistant to the President Legal & Legislative Affairs, Community Affairs, and Economic Development at Mississippi Valley State University in Itta Bena, MS where he later become University Chief of Staff before being name Vice President of Institutional Advancement (interim) & Executive Director of the MVSU Foundation. Faison’s philanthropic work at MVSU yielded nearly $25 million dollars in funding to the university towards new capital projects, infrastructural improvements, and campus renovations. He previously held directorships at EWC as Director of External Relations and Leadership Gifts and at Albany State University (ASU) in Albany, Georgia as the Director of Alumni Affairs. As a scholar-educator, Faison has held professional appointments at both the undergraduate and graduate level(s) in various academic disciplines including Political Science, Criminal Justice, and Business Administration. Faison is also a former state prosecutor having served as an Assistant District Attorney prosecuting criminal felony drug cases in Georgia.

Faison graduated Magna Cum Laude from Albany State University (ASU) with a bachelor of arts (B.A.) in English. He attended the University of Georgia School of Law (UGA) where he earned his Juris Doctorate (J.D.). He has completed post-doctoral study as a graduate of the Harvard University Graduate School of Education’s Institute of Educational Management (IEM) and was Millennium Leadership Initiative (MLI) Institute Fellow of the American Association of State Colleges & University (AASCU) & Association of Public Land-Grant Universities (APLU). Additionally, he is a graduate of AASCU’s New President’s Academy and is a Gamma Cohort Fellow of the Higher Education Leadership Foundation (HELF). Faison also hold a Certification in Fundraising Management (CFRM) designation from The Fundraising School of Philanthropy at Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI).

Faison is active in several professional, civic, and social organizations and has delivered over 35 presentations and lectures at conferences and professional meeting nationwide. He has received recognition for his outstanding community and civic work by the Greenwood Commonwealth; (“Top 40 under 40” Young Professional); Mississippi Business Journal (“Top 40 under 40” nominee); and Albany State University in its inaugural publication of its “Top 50 ASU Alumni under 50.” Most recently, he was selected as one of the nation’s Top “40 Attorneys under 40” by the National Bar Association.

Faison is married to Tyciee L. White, who is a seasoned higher education administrator, educator, and ordained minister.

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About Edward Waters College

Edward Waters College is a small, Christian, Historically Black, urban liberal arts college that offers quality baccalaureate programs. The College strives to prepare student holistically to advance in a global society through the provision of intellectually stimulating programs, and an environment that emphasizes high moral and spiritual values in keeping with the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Edward Waters College seeks to develop excellence in scholarship, research and service for the betterment of humanity. For more information, visit www.ewc.edu.

About the HBCU Campaign Fund

HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF) is a non-profit advocacy organization which is mission to supporting the significance and campaign in raising funds for scholarships and services at historically black colleges and universities and predominately black institutions. HCF advocates for students, alumni, HBCU and PB institutions. For more information, visit www.hbcucampaignfund.org.

JACKSONVILLE, FL – Former Chicago State University President, Dr. Thomas J. Calhoun, Jr., has been appointed as the Vice President of Enrollment Management & Strategic Magtriculant Services at Edward Waters College (EWC). Dr. Calhoun will begin serving, effective September 10, 2018, as the College’s chief enrollment management strategist and architect. He will be responsible for providing greater coordination, and analytical rigor to every phase of the overall operational recruitment, enrollment, retention, and persistence of EWC students in support of the institution’s aspirations to achieve both heightened student success and greater enrollment growth.

According to an press release by the university, as an accomplished administrator and academician with a higher education career spanning 20 plus years, Dr. Calhoun is the former President of Chicago State University and most recently served as Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Engagement at Kentucky State University. He formerly held posts as Vice President for Enrollment Management, Interim Provost, and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of North Alabama (UNA). Prior to his leadership at UNA, Dr. Calhoun served as Assistant Dean for Student Academic Services at the University of Washington College of Engineering.

“We are delighted to welcome such a seasoned and demonstrably effective higher education leader of the caliber of Dr. Calhoun to our venerable collegiate community here at Edward Waters College,” said EWC President & CEO, Dr. A. Zachary Faison, Jr.

“Dr. Calhoun’s high acumen and expertise in leading this very critical area of expanded focus for EWC will serve to principally enhance the development and implementation of innovative and effective support models aimed at promoting our student’s overall success leading to future enrollment growth for our institution,” President Faison continued.

As an academician and member of the faculty, Dr. Calhoun was a laboratory technician in the Biology Department at Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA, where he taught experimental laboratory methods in molecular biology. He subsequently directed a science and technology program at St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY and later served as principal of North Lawndale College Preparatory Charter High School, principal at Hales Franciscan High School, and headmaster at St. Gregory Episcopal School.

“I am inspired by President Faison’s tremendous and transformational vision for the future of Edward Waters College and an enthusiastic to join in support of his leadership,” said Calhoun. “It is equally thrilling to have the opportunity to serve in partnership with the stellar community of administrators, faculty, staff, and alumni of Edward Waters in support of the outstanding students at EWC.”

Dr. Calhoun earned his bachelor’s degree from Tuskegee University in Philosophy and Biology, a master’s of science degree from Clark Atlanta University, a master’s of arts degree in educational administration from the University of Chicago, and a doctor of philosophy degree in educational leadership from the University of Washington.

Dr. Calhoun is an ordained itinerant Elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. He has lectured and preached extensively around the country, and has served as associate minister at Big Bethel AME Church in Atlanta, GA, Metropolitan AME Church in Washington, DC, Quinn Chapel AME Church in Chicago, IL, First AME Church in Seattle, WA, Greater St. Paul AME Church in Florence, AL, and St. John AME Church in Frankfort, KY. He holds a master of divinity degree from Turner Theological Seminary at the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, GA.