The Florida Board of Governors (BOG) unanimously voted to confirm Larry Robinson, Ph.D. as the 12th permanent president of Florida A&M University (FAMU).
On Nov. 30, 2017, the FAMU Board of Trustees (BOT) unanimously selected Robinson to serve as the 12th president. Robinson accepted the nomination saying that he was overjoyed to have the opportunity to serve the university.
“I am humbled and overjoyed to have this opportunity to help move this university forward. I understand the awesomeness of this responsibility,” Robinson said.
In a statement to the BOG requesting Robinson’s confirmation as president, BOT Chair Kelvin Lawson said Robinson has consistently demonstrated his commitment to serve FAMU and its constituents.
“Dr. Robinson has consistently demonstrated his commitment to serve this university and its constituents,” Lawson said. “His outstanding scholarship, academic career, research accomplishments and public service in the state and national arena are distinguished.”
This news of Robinson at the helm of FAMU, came two days after Robinson and Lawson hosted a meet-and-greet with the BOG’s new chair Ned Lautenbach and State University System Chancellor Marshall Criser III.
During the confirmation process, the BOG recognized Robinson as an “outstanding scholar and researcher” and reviewed his contributions to FAMU.
Robinson has previously served the FAMU community in several capacities. His service includes serving as provost and vice president of Academic Affairs from 2003 to 2005, chief operating officer in 2007, interim president from July 2012 to March 2014, and most recently serving as interim president beginning September 15, 2016.
According to FAMU Forward, FAMU’s official newsletter, Robinson shared his vision and commitment to the university with the BOG as the official 12th president.
“My commitment as the 12th president is to work wholeheartedly to make FAMU an institution that is an even stronger ‘First Choice’ for students, a priority destination for agencies that invest in research, a model of meaningful engagement, and a favored institution committed to transparency and accountability,” Robinson said.