Governor responds to Tallahassee Democrat editorial calling for FAMU President Ammons to resign

May 7, 2012

A critical editorial in the Tallahassee Democrat demands that Florida A&M University President James Ammons resign. The editorial highlighted a series of past problems at the historically black university including the school’s past audit problems and the recent arrest of 11 people facing 3rd degree felonies in the hazing death of a school band drum major. Governor Rick Scott responded to the editorial Monday.

“As you know, we have a board of trustees and it’s their responsibility.  I believe justice will prevail and I think that’s the right thing. And you know, I suggested Dr. Ammons step aside during the investigation, but the board is going to make a decision," Scott said when asked about the editorial, which appeared in the paper over the weekend.

FAMU’s Board of Trustees voted late last year to publicly reprimand Ammons for his handling of the Champion case. Trustee Rufus Montgomery, a Scott appointee, had called for the president to be placed on administrative leave.