DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The alumni association of one of Florida’s best-known historically black universities is asking for the resignation of some members of the board of trustees.
The 10,000-member alumni association at Bethune Cookman University sent a letter this week demanding the resignation of board chair Michelle Carter-Scott and other board members.
The letter says the board lacks the leadership needed to address the school’s financial woes. It says students are facing no scholarship funding and employees are fearful about losing their jobs and that the trustees have lost the confidence of the alumni, parents and students.
Following receipt of the alumni association’s letter four members of the University board resigned. Resignations came from former board chair Joe Petrock, Rafael A. Ramirez Jr., Michael D. Walsh, and Nancy Lohman, according to current board chair Michelle Carter-Scott.
The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports that the board chair hasn’t publicly responded to the letter.
Last year, U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos spoke at the school. Many students booed and turned their backs on her.