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FAMU presidential search committee to meet in Orlando
Source: Orlando Sentinel, 12/26/13
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By Denise-Marie Ordway
FAMU's presidential search committee will meet in Orlando next month to interview candidates for the job overseeing Florida's only public, historically black university.
The group will gather on Jan. 6 at Florida A&M University's law school in downtown Orlando. After interviews, committee members may pick the job finalists.
As of this week, more than 40 people had applied for the position vacated by former President James Ammons, who abruptly resigned last year amid a scandal over the hazing death of Robert Champion and other problems at the school.
FAMU had suspended its search for a new president last March. But the university announced a new timeline shortly after learning on Dec. 10 that its accrediting body lifted the one-year probation that had been placed on it in 2012.
FAMU has not set a deadline for applications.
The job has drawn a diverse pool of candidates, which include former state Sen. Al Lawson, who has been one of the university's most vocal supporters. Other candidates include an attorney who lives in Cocoa Beach, the former president of Norfolk State University and the vice president of Everglades University located in Boca Raton.
It's still unclear whether Larry Robinson, who has been interim president at FAMU for a year and a half, will apply or be nominated. Robinson has said he would not seek the post. But the FAMU National Alumni Association and other supporters have lobbied in his favor.
Solomon Badger, chairman of the university's board of trustees, has praised Robinson's work. He said Robinson has "done everything the university needed to be done … and he's done it well."
The board is scheduled to meet in Tallahassee on Jan. 8 to interview finalists. Trustees could choose a new president on Jan. 9.