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A few years ago, controversy surrounded the Florida A&M and Florida State Universities’ joint College of Engineering with talks of a possible split debated in the state legislature. But, the university presidents say now, things are going well with last year’s appointment of a new dean.

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Florida A&M University continues to be a top producer in the nation of African Americans in several fields. According to interim President Larry Robinson, that includes agriculture and architecture. There’s also health sciences, pharmacy, rehabilitation, and therapeutic professions.

Sarah Mueller

Florida’s universities say they need more money to hire additional mental health counselors and law enforcement officers. University officials said they’re seeing a dramatic rise in students needing help coping with anxiety, depression and academic stress.

Florida’s public universities are uniting in a common goal: Growing business in the state. Now they've launched an initiative to show lawmakers and the public how they're doing it.

President Elmira Mangum.
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Update: The Florida Board of Governors is checking up on several financial issues at Florida A&M University. Many parts of the BOG's request are similar to concerns being raised by FAMU's own trustees who are holding an emergency meeting Thursday.

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum (center) with Sen. Arthenia Joyner (l), Rep. Mia Jones, Rep. Alan Williams and Sen. Dwight Bullard are requesting FAMU Board Chairman Rufus Montgomery relinquish his chairmanship.
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The ongoing and very public conflict between Florida A & M University President Elmira Mangum and her board chairman is flaring up again. It occurred weeks after Mangum and the board agreed to “reset” their relationship. Now some alumni are calling on Rufus Montgomery to step down as chairman of the board.

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The Board overseeing Florida’s public universities says the state has lots to be proud of when it comes to higher education. Over the past year the board has worked to increase its authority over local university boards. During Thursday's "State of the System" address, the board’s chairman said that role isn’t going to diminish anytime soon.

Florida A&M University has the lowest graduation rate out of all the state’s public universities. And the board that oversees those universities is not pleased.

The state University System of Florida is looking for 13 people to head the state’s newest public university. The Florida Board of Governor’s announced Tuesday that it is now accepting applications for members to be appointed to the board that will govern Florida Polytechnic University in Lakeland.

Here’s part of what the Board of Governor’s is saying about its search process: