James Ammons

Florida A&M began its life as the State Normal College for Colored Students on October 3, 1887 with 15 students and two instructors. But getting to 125 years old hasn’t been easy for the school. Its student body helped launch the Tallahassee Bus Boycott of the 1950’s and the lunch counter sit-in’s of the 1960’s.

Florida A&M University

Florida A&M’s governing board reached a deal Monday to pay former President James Ammons more than $98,000 dollars in bonuses in exchange for speeding up his resignation date. Ammons was originally set to leave by October 11.  FAMU’s Provost Larry Robinson will serve as interim president at least until the school’s board meets in August. Student board member Marissa West called for Robinson’s appointment saying the university needs some stability:

Update 2:24 pm:  Ammons will recieve more than $98,000 in bonuses per a revised statement from FAMU spokeswoman Pam Tolson:

"The Board agreed to pay the 2010-2011 bonus at the minimum contractual level of 25 percent ($81,250) of his base salary of $325,000.  The 5 percent bonus for 2011-2012 is $17,062 based on his base salary of $341,250."

 

Update: 12:10 pm:    Ammons will receive more than $100,000 in bonuses in exchange for resigning immediately. From FAMU spokeswoman Pam Tolson:

Florida A&M University is preparing to launch another presidential search. It will be the third time in the in the last decade the school has had to look for a new president, after James Ammons announced he is resigning from the post. FAMU is still dealing with the fallout from a hazing scandal prompted by the death of a drum major. But those problems are only the tip of the iceberg facing the university. 

Florida A&M University’s Board of Trustees will meet Monday to discuss how to move forward in the wake of the resignation of the school’s president. James Ammons abruptly resigned Wednesday, about a month after the board issued a no-confidence vote in his job performance. FAMU is still dealing with the fallout from a hazing scandal in its band program. It’s also under fire for incomplete audits and low graduation rates.

Florida A & M University President James Ammons resigned Wednesday in the wake of the hazing death of Marching 100 band drum major Robert Champion and other problems facing the university.

Florida A&M University President James Ammons has resigned as the university continues to deal with the fallout from the hazing death of one of the school band's drum majors.

Just weeks ago FAMU's board of trustees issued a vote of "no confidence" in Ammons over the way the university has handled the case. Ammons said at the time he had considered stepping aside but in the end decided to remain.

Wednesday, Ammons issued a letter to the board stating his intentions to leave the university.

Florida A&M University’s Marching 100 band will remain under suspension for at least another year. Lynn Hatter reports the university’s president says the band will need to undergo a restructuring phase before it can be allowed back on the field.

Florida A&M University President James Ammons says the decision to keep the band under suspension was not made lightly.