Today, the Florida A&M University Board of Trustees voted 8-4 in “no confidence” in President James Ammons. Trustees cited many issues that have been problematic during Dr. Ammons’ tenure as president of the University. Inarguably, the most damaging being the hazing death of Marching 100 drum major Robert Champion and related fallout involving administrative and financial issues. After the announcement of the result of the vote, Dr. Ammons said he got the message “loudly and clearly” and continued with the established meeting agenda. He did not resign.
The Board’s action came on the heels of a strongly worded letter from Dean Colson, chair of the Board of Governors, regarding President Ammons’ accountability for a number of serious issues at the University. Clearly symbolic, today’s vote will likely be viewed as insufficient evidence of leadership by FAMU’s Board of Trustees as they did not seek to fire the President.
Stay tuned as conventional wisdom predicts the negative news about Florida A&M University to continue.