Alumni who attended a tense meeting of university board members and officials say President Edison Jackson will retire, leaving their beloved school in deep financial trouble.
No one can doubt Dr. Evelyn Bethune’s commitment to BCU - she's the granddaughter of founder, Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, and she has harsh words for the school's president.
“Hasta la vista!” Bethune said, with a wave of her hand.
Bethune says alumni have been in the dark for too long about the private school's fiscal health. “We will not be backing-off from our position as it relates to knowing about the health of this university, especially the transparency as relates to the finances,” she said.
Finances they say have been looking increasingly dire. “You're running a multi-million dollar corporation and these things happen?” BCU Alumnus Percy Williamson, asked, “guess what would happen: the people running the organization, as well as the stakeholders and board of directors would be dismissed.”
President Jackson stirred controversy this spring when he invited controversial Trump education secretary Betsy De Vos to speak at graduation. Bethune said they are ready to put BCU back on the right track.
“We will be putting things in place to make sure Bethune-Cookman is here a hundred years from now,” Bethune vowed. She added that Monday was her grandmother's birthday, and she claims there was no money in the school budget to pay for a celebration.
No BCU officials or board members have yet confirmed that Jackson will step down, as the alumni have claimed.