Recent repeated media publication of recommendations for suspension of the Marching 100 from performing in last year’s Florida Classic that were ignored was very damaging to Dr. Ammons and FAMU. Add to that, news about the low graduation rate at the University, controversy about financial problems while Ammons headed North Carolina Central University and threats of investigation by a legislative panel are just some of the challenges Ammons was faced with. It’s also important to keep in mind that the report on the FDLE investigation of University finances and band operations has yet to be made public.
It goes without saying that FAMU’s challenges will not end because of the resignation of Dr. Ammons. The FAMU Board of Trustees will meet next Monday, July 16, 2012 at 9 a.m. to address next steps as the University moves forward with finding Dr. Ammons’ successor. The call-in number is 1-800-309-9169 and the conference ID number is 10542700.
Dr. Ammons will remain on staff as a tenured professor; his resignation is effective October 11. Stay tuned.