Bethune-Cookman chairwoman ousted as additional $2M in cuts, layoffs announced

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — There was a major shake-up on the board of trustees for Bethune-Cookman University on Friday. The board chairwoman, Michelle Carter Scott, was ousted as the school announced $2 million in salary cuts and layoffs.

Scott will remain on the board, and WFTV legal analyst Belvin Perry will become the interim chair.

Perry cited issues with her last week, such as not properly vetting candidates, a lack of transparency and possible violation of bylaws as reasons she had to go.

Bethune-Cookman University has already made roughly $2 million worth of salary cuts and layoffs and said it plans to make another $2 million before it's all over.

The move was outlined in a letter the interim president, Hubert Grimes, sent out this week.

The historically black college in the heart of Daytona Beach is more than $120 million in debt and has a bond rating below junk status.

The school would not say exactly how many jobs were lost or who had been cut.

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Scott, the mother of NBA superstar Vince Carter, offered to step down as chair after the president’s search finishes next month.

But Perry said when Scott failed to provide the board with an exact date when she would leave, a motion was made to remove her as chair.

Perry cited issues with Scott, such as not properly vetting candidates like Renee Forbes Williams, the finance chair.


Court documents show Williams filed for bankruptcy in 2010 and she received a loan of more than $150,000 from Scott.

Perry said this was never disclosed to the board and promises more transparency for the future.

Three candidates for the president's job will be on campus next week, but the school did not disclose who those candidates are.

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