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Bethune-Cookman University Honors Holland America Line President Orlando Ashford

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Bethune-Cookman University Honors Holland America Line President Orlando Ashford

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WHY IT RATES: Orlando Ashford’s skills as a leader have been recognized by this prestigious award, a testament to how much of an asset he is for Holland America Line and its continued success. - Michael Isenbek, TravelPulse Senior Editor

Holland America Line President Orlando Ashford was honored by Bethune-Cookman University at the fourth annual Mary McLeod Bethune Legacy Awards Gala in Daytona Beach, Florida, Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2016. Ashford, who received the Leadership Award, was recognized for his dedication and continuous contribution to education and the community.

During the ceremony, Ashford was among five honorees that also included Florida State Sen. Arthenia L. Joyner, Bethune-Cookman University Trustees Dr. Nelson Adams, Dr. Jacob F. Bryan and Mr. Rufus Wilson.

“I am humbled by the recognition bestowed upon me by Bethune-Cookman University, and it is a privilege to be honored among such a distinguished group of recipients,” said Ashford. “I am a firm believer that education is at the core of building our future and preparing leaders who will create a brighter tomorrow. Supporting education is just a small way I can make an impact, and thank you to Bethune-Cookman for acknowledging those efforts.”

About Bethune-Cookman University

Founded in 1904 by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) today sustains her legacy of faith, scholarship and service through its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its commitment to academic excellence and civic engagement. B-CU offers 38 degrees on its main campus and online college. Located in Daytona Beach, Florida, B-CU is one of three private, historically black colleges in the state of Florida. The institution boasts a diverse and international faculty and student body of nearly 4,000. 

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SOURCE: A Holland America Line press release