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News Clips 01/17/2013
FAMU band director search back to square one
Source: CF News 13, 01/16/13
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Florida A&M Uuniversity is reopening its search for a new director of the Marching 100 band.
The interim president of the school wants a new pool of candidates.
FAMU had planned to announce the new band director on Tuesday, but they cancelled that announcement, saying they were not as close to a deal with the candidate as they thought they were. According to FAMU Interim Provost Rodner Wright, the candidate had several concerns. The school did not list what those concerns were.
"We want to make sure the candidate understands that our priority is to do what is in the best interest of the university and students," Wright said in a news release sent out Wednesday.
The university is considering the use of a search firm.
The Marching 100 has been suspended from performing since the death of drum major Robert Champion last year, in a hazing incident tied to the band. The investigation led to ousting of former band director Dr. Julian White, as well as FAMU president James Ammons.
About a dozen FAMU band members are also facing charges stemming from Champion's death.
On Wednesday the Florida Board of Governors, which handles the state's public universities, ordered FAMU to file regular updates on progress improving things at the school, including financial issues and anti-hazing policies.