E. LaBrent Chrite has been named president of Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Florida. The historically Black university enrolls nearly 4,000 undergraduate students and about 150 graduate students, according to the latest data supplied to the U.S. Department of Education. African Americans make up a vast majority of the student body.
Currently, Dr. Chrite serves as dean of the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver. During his tenure, he has led the college through a major strategic shift by 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. He previously served as dean at Montclair State University in New Jersey. He has also taught strategic management, leadership and international business classes at the University of Arizona and the University of Michigan.
“I am tremendously honored to assume the presidency at Bethune-Cookman University, an academic institution with a storied history; great faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends; and a bright future,” Dr. Chrite said. “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.”
A native of Detroit, Michigan, Dr. Chrite is a graduate of Michigan State University. He holds a master’s degree from the University of Missouri and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.