FAMU Names New Interim President

TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami) – A Florida A&M University provost has been named the school’s new temporary president while the board continues it’s nationwide search for a permanent leader.

Larry Robinson was named interim president last month during an emergency meeting, but school’s trustees confirmed their choice after a face-to-face meeting on Wednesday.

Robinson takes over for James Ammons who resigned in the fallout from the hazing death of Robert Champion seven months ago.

Champion, a drum major with the school’s famed Marching 100, was severely beaten by his bandmates during an alleged hazing ritual on a bus in Orlando after the team played their last game of the season.  Eleven people FAMU band members were charged with felony hazing, while two others were charged with misdemeanors.

As interim president, Robinson will be paid $325,000 a year. Although he will not be able to apply for the permanent spot, the trustees still have high hopes for him in his position until they can find a permanent replacement.

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