The board of trustees of Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Florida, has extended the contract of university president Edison O. Jackson through June 2018. In a statement to the university community, board chair Joe Petrock said that “President Jackson is a fine leader with a wealth of knowledge and experience. The Board of Trustees’ vote displays confidence in his ability to move B-CU to the next level of excellence.”
Dr. Jackson was named president of the university in 2013 after serving for one year as interim president. Previously, he served as president of Compton Community College in California and as president of Medgar Evers College, part of the City University of New York system. He retired as president of Medgar Evers College in 2009 after serving in that position for 20 years.
Dr. Jackson earned a bachelor’s degree in zoology and a master’s degree in counseling from Howard University. He holds a doctorate in education from Rutgers University.