William C. Hine Awardee Edward Singleton, Jr.

 Educator | Leader | Father | Husband | Mentor | Brother | Friend

Edward Singleton, Jr.
Alpha Sigma Lambda Iota Delta Chapter Councilor
Director at Bethune-Cookman University

The Continuing Education Program at Bethune-Cookman University was initiated in 1978 under the administration of Dr. Cleo S. Higgins, then Vice-President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty. In the Fall of 1979 Edward Singleton, Jr. was recruited as Coordinator of two extension sites. The first site was located in St. Augustine, Florida at Trinity United Methodist Church and the second was located in Palatka, Florida at Palatka High School. In 1980 a business site was located in Spuds, Florida and donated to the University by a Trustee Board member, George C. Miller, Jr., and after extensive renovations of the existing building were completed 30 students from St. Augustine and Palatka campuses were relocated to the Bethune-Cookman University Spuds Branch campus. As of this date, over 1,000 students have graduated from the John W. Miller Center (previously known as the Spuds Branch campus).

For the last 41 years, Edward Singleton, Jr., has remained committed to building a program for adult learners, and he continues to provide programs that will serve the needs of non-traditional students, giving them the opportunity to gain knowledge, develop their creative potentials, and become productive citizens in a pluralistic society.

Edward Singleton, Jr., while committed to education also determined to make a difference in the lives of the citizenry of the Town of Hastings. Because of his commitment and dedication to service, Edward Singleton, Jr., became involved with the governing body of the Town of Hastings, where he served on the Town Commission in 1993 – 1998. From 1997 to 2004 he served as the first African American Mayor for the Town of Hastings (and in St. Johns County), a term he held with professionalism, integrity, and pride, and as Mayor was instrumental in the Town saving the Old Hastings High School, now (known as HHS Community Building) which is occupied by offices of the Town of Hastings, the St. Johns County Tax Collector, a St John’s County Sherriff’s Annex office and a branch of the St. Johns County Library.

Edward Singleton, Jr., is an integral part of our community and the surrounding areas, and it is most appropriate that we recognize Mr. Edward Singleton, Jr., for his untiring dedication and commitment to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to “Enter to Learn, Depart to Serve”.

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