Bethune-Cookman University's board chairman Larry Handfield resigns
January 29, 2012
Bethune-Cookman University's board chairman resigned Thursday in a second major change in leadership following the pending retirement of President Trudie Kibbe Reed.
The university announced that the board of trustees -- at its first meeting for the year Thursday -- accepted the resignation of Chairman Larry R. Handfield, who has served as chairman since 2009 and was the first alumnus to hold the chairman position.
He stepped down as chairman and also left the board, according to university spokeswoman Meredith Rodriguez.
Lee E. Rhyant, who has been the vice chairman, assumes the title of chairman.
The board also announced it accepted the resignation of board member Randolph Bracy, also a Bethune-Cookman alumnus.
"Bethune-Cookman University holds a great debt of gratitude to these two alumni," Rhyant said in a prepared statement. "Their years of service will have a lasting impact on this institution that we all love."