FAMU Board Votes No Confidence

100 non students on a state paid band trip, false audits, and a drum major, who died from hazing, all looked to trustees like a university without leadership.

“I am deeply troubled by what appears to be a serious lack of oversight and serious gaps in communication,” said FAMU Trustee Belinda Reed Shannon.

“Not knowing is, in fact, an indication of poor management,” said Trustee Narayan Persaud.

The vote was two to one against the President

“Eight yes votes and 4 no votes.”

The vote means that the president gets to keep his job, but he’s been told, this is your last chance.

“I hear you loudly and clearly. I understand that there are some measures that I have to take as president of this University to fix things, and I’m going to fix them,” said FAMU President Dr. James Ammons.

Reaction afterwards was mixed.

“I think if Dr. Ammons cannot make significant changes in the way that he leads this university, I think it will lead to his removal,” said Trustee William Jennings.

Trustees have their next face-to-face meeting in September. Any action before then is unlikely, unless new problems are discovered.

Enrollment at the school is down as a result of the national exposure, and the graduation rate has fallen in recent years.


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