Hiram C. Powell, Ph.D., has been named Interim President of Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) after a vote by the university’s Board of Trustees on Thursday. Per the University’s charter, the Board of Trustees holds the sole fiduciary responsibility and authority to select the institution’s president.
Dr. Powell, who graduated in 1976 from B-CU with a bachelor’s degree in Music Education, currently serves as Dean of Performing Arts and Communications and has worked at the university since 1977. During his time at B-CU he has served in critically important leadership roles including Interim Provost and Vice President of Institutional Advancement. Dr. Powell has also served as Dean of Graduate Studies and as Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs.
“The Board was united in choosing Dr. Powell to lead B-CU at this time because of his institutional history and knowledge of the institution as well his leadership experience,” said Board Chair Belvin Perry, Jr. Perry noted that Dr. Powell is also experienced with the SACSCOC accreditation process as well as in the associated reaffirmation process.