Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU)’s Board of Trustees has voted to renew the contract of President Edison O. Jackson until 2018.
The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports that at the late-October meeting, the board voted 31-3 in favor of the contract extension. Jackson is also scheduled to get a higher salary than the $301,000 he was paid in 2012, according to tax documents cited by the publication.
“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,” Board Chair Joe Petrock said in a statement.
Jackson “has made some undeniable strides since taking office in 2013,” according to the school’s website. The Daytona, Fla.-based university reports that its endowment is currently at $54 million, and has a record number of donors giving back to the campus. Compared to HBCUs that are losing students, Bethune-Cookman has had steady enrollment with a current roster of 3,381 students.
Additionally, according to the school’s website, the White House Initiative on HBCUs has ranked the university at No. 10 for applicants in the nation, and U.S News and World Report has ranked Bethune-Cookman as the 23rd best HBCU in the country, an eight-tier improvement from the previous year.
Petrock said President Jackson also has changed the campus culture for the better. “Radical transformation is surely taking place as students and faculty are experiencing a different B-CU under President Jackson,” Petrock stated. “The President has invested in the addition of quality faculty to mold the future leaders graduating from B-CU, and encourages faculty to write and publish their works in an effort to establish them as industry experts.”
Jackson was appointed president in 2013, after serving one year as interim president, according to The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education. Jackson also served as president of Medgar Evans College, part of the City University of New York system, and at Compton Community College in California, according to JBHE.
President Jackson has a bachelor’s degree in zoology and master’s degree in counseling from Howard University. He also earned a doctorate in education from Rutgers University.