Florida A&M University is still on track to name its next president at the beginning of the new year. FAMU began the search after James H. Ammons resigned in July 2012, stepping down in the wake of the November 2011 hazing death of Marching 100 drum major Robert Champion.
Another big change is near for Florida A&M University’s Marching 100 which hopes to return to the field in the future.
Former Florida A&M band members are pleading not guilty to increased charges of manslaughter related to the death of drum major Robert Champion.
New charges have been filed against ten former Florida A&M University band members accused in the hazing death of drum major Robert Champion.
Florida A&M university is being blasted by the lawyer for a student who died during a band hazing incident who said a proposed settlement in his death is unacceptable.
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.
Florida A&M University Provost Larry Robinson will take over the duties of president of the school following a unanimous vote Monday of the university trustees, which an hour earlier had accepted the immediate resignation of President James Ammons.
Under scrutiny since the hazing death of Marching 100 drum major Robert Champion, Ammons stepped down Monday instead of waiting until October as he proposed last week when he first tendered his resignation to the FAMU Board of Trustees.
Ammons had planned on staying on for 90 days but instead will go on sabbatical and then return to the university as a tenured professor.
The board appointed Robinson, a popular administrator among faculty and staff, to replace Ammons, but will return in August to decide whether Robinson stays on officially as interim president until a permanent president is found.
“I think FAMU right now needs immediate stability,” said Trustee Marissa West, the FAMU student body president. “I don’t think we can afford to be left vulnerable and I think we need to ensure a very smooth transition in the upcoming days, months, weeks.”
Trustees have complained about a lack of oversight of the band and the school has also come under scrutiny for a number of other problems, some related to graduation, retention and enrollment rates, some related to accounting irregularities, and allegations of sexual assault at the university’s affiliated elementary-middle-high school.
Thirteen band members have been charged in Champion’s death. Of those, 11 face felony hazing charges and could face up to six years in prison. Two others were charged with misdemeanors. They have pleaded not guilty.
As part of the termination agreement, Ammons will receive a 25 percent bonus for his performance during the 2010/11 school year based on an outside evaluation.
Ammons will also receive a 5 percent bonus for meeting mutually agreed upon goals for the 2011/12 academic year. As president, Ammons’ base salary was about $325,000.
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Florida A&M University President James Ammons is resigning from his position at the school as the ongoing scandal surrounding band member Robert Champion’s hazing death continues to grow.
The hazing death of Florida A&M University drum major Robert Champion last November continues to trigger a series of concerns and questions.
New sweeping anti-hazing recommendations drawn up by Florida A&M University President James Ammons will be discussed Tuesday by schools board of trustees at an all day retreat.