Bethune-Cookman University has announced University of Denver College of Business Dean E. LaBrent Chrite as its new president. Chrite, who has held academic executive stops at Montclair State University and the University of Arizona, will begin his tenure on July 1.
“I am tremendously honored to assume the presidency at Bethune-Cookman University, an academic institution with a storied history; great faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends; and a bright future,” Chrite said. “We face some serious challenges, but we have so much that’s outstanding in our community and traditions—and I have every confidence that together we will make exciting things happen. I am passionate about Bethune-Cookman and am thrilled to be a part of its community.”
Chrite faced controversy in Denver last fall when more than a dozen professors accused him of mistreatment and fostering a hostile work environment, according to Westword.
He announced plans to step down as dean in September of last year, with a target departure date of June 1 of this year. BCU officials call Chrite the right person with the right profile of executive experience to lead the university.
“The board chose Dr. Chrite as President of Bethune-Cookman University because his global experience in leadership, business, policy and academic transformation will serve as the foundation for setting a new course for our beloved college,” said Ret. Judge Belvin Perry, Bethune-Cookman Board Chair. “We look forward to working together to create a new and robust educational institution that preserves our history while taking us into the future.”