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FAMU President hangs on

FAMU officials weigh president's satus

By Lynn Hatter

Tallahassee, FL – The Florida A & M University Board of Trustees has rejected the Governor's request to suspend the university's president. Lynn Hatter reports the decision comes as law enforcement officials continue the investigation into the hazing death of one of the school band's drum majors.

Governor Rick Scott called on the university's board of trustees to suspended FAMU President James Ammons until several investigations by the state department of law enforcement are complete. The request drew backlash from the university's alumni, and several prominent black legislators. In its meeting Monday, board Chairman Solomon Badger and the rest of the board voted to keep Ammons in place as president.

"It is my recommendation that until a final report results from these investigations, with official facts, the president's status remains the same."

The board voted to meet weekly for updates on the ongoing hazing investigation, as well as a secondary investigation into the band's finances. A letter sent Friday by the university's accrediting board warned that a vote for Scott's recommendation could put the university at risk of losing its accreditation.