Unless you have been living under a rock, by now you know that Florida A&M University President was placed on leave immediately and Provost Larry Robinson was appointed Interim President by the University's Board of Trustees (BOT) on Monday. Since Robinson's duties as provost already include filling in during the absence of the University President, the back story to the haste in his appointment is that there was political pressure not to appoint him because of his advocacy of research programs and his relationship with President Barack Obama.
Dr. Robinson was praised by FAMU student government president Marissa West and FAMU Faculty Senate representative Narayan Persaud. The BOT was unanimous in its selection of Robinson although there was some reluctance in accepting the process. If Robinson accepts the appointment and the Board of Governors confirms it, he will have his work cut out for him only weeks before opening the Fall 2012 Term.
Dr. Ammons was awarded performance bonuses totaling $102,374 in exchange for his early exit as University leader rather than the 90-day provision in his contract. As a tenured professor at Florida A&M, Ammons can remain on staff or he may seek outside employment as has been rumored.
The BOT will meet on campus, August 22-23, 2012 to map out further details on the University's transition and presidential search.