FAMU Board of Trustees Presidential Search
By Dierra Milton, News 20 at Five
Florida A&M University held its Board of Trustees Meeting, Thursday. The search for a new president will continue with the help of three sub committees which have been formed to get the process moving forward.
Student body President Marissa West says, “The Presidential committee has been formed and within the committees they are working on separate projects so to speak. There’s a marketing and communications committee, a qualifications committee as well as a compensation committee. All of those sub committees have met in addition to the complete committee so we are fully underway.”
Students and alumni of FAMU are concerned with the challenges the university faces. FAMU student Jamel David says he’s concerned whether the new president will improve student success, as measured by retention and graduation rates.
Jamel David, a senior says, “Most students that are freshmen are being robbed their full FAMU experience. Personally this year we are celebrating 125 years and everything we are dealing with the university as far as hazing and not having an President officially definitely give a bad impact on how students in the future will come and of course enrollment and keeping retention.”
However, in the midst of the hazing death of drum major Robert Champion, and concerns regarding the university’s finances, Dr. James Ammons respectfully resigned in July. The Presidential search committee plans to launch a Presidential search website on October sixth.