Post Classifieds

Board of Trustee committee votes to recommend presidential search

By T'nerra Butler | Associate Editor
On March 27, 2017

A subset of the Florida A&M University’s Board of Trustees took their initial steps to decide who will be deemed the institution’s next permanent leader on Monday.

The presidential review special committee, a specialized board that handles the process of determining FAMU’s next permanent president, announced a formal recommendation to begin the search for a new leader.

During a conference call, the committee made the announcement, which in turn will be presented to the full Board of Trustees at their Tuesday meeting. The recommendation was finalized through a vote before the meeting adjourned.

During the call, Vice Chairman Kelvin Lawson said the time has come to determine what the board really wants in terms of a president for FAMU.

Topics discussed included a decision on if the board would move forward with an official president search or continue with current Interim President Larry Robinson.

The trustees will look for certain characteristics, experience, temperament and other components to assess the future executive leader.

“The next step for us would be to then decide if we want to move on with the search, with a clear profile of the candidate that we all agree to,” Lawson said.

The following step, if necessary, would be for the trustees to go forward with an official search firm that would have the expertise it takes to bring the board a candidate who meets the university’s standards.

“We could also decide to measure our current interim president against the same characteristics to say how close or how far he is to these characteristics that we deem extremely critical,” Lawson said.

This process could last up to four months.

Chairman Thomas Dortch said the committee is looking for input from the community.

“We want to make sure we’re transparent and make (FAMU’s community) feel like they’re a part of this,” Dortch said.

When asked about a budget for the process, Lawson said the trustees are looking at about $35,000-$50,000 to finance multiple objectives, including the potential search firm.

“Making a bad decision on a president will cost millions, making a good decision on a president will bring in millions,” Lawson said. “So it still feels like it will be money well spent.”

“There is no rush to determine the next permanent leader,” Lawson said.

“We want to operate more from a position of making good decisions of of insight versus a gut feel,” Lawson said. 

Board of Trustee meetings will continue throughout the week.

Get Top Stories Delivered Weekly

More thefamuanonline News Articles

Recent thefamuanonline News Articles

Discuss This Article




Students at FAMU have heard about the cutting edge eye technology employed by LASIK Ft. Lauderdale eye centers to help improve eyesight. For FAMU students passionate about science and the eye, read more about the top LASIK eye centers in South Florida.

Log In

or Create an account

Employers & Housing Providers

Employers can list job opportunities for students

Post a Job

Housing Providers can list available housing

Post Housing

Log In

Forgot your password?

Your new password has been sent to your email!

Logout Successful!

Please Select Your College/University:

You just missed it! This listing has been filled.

Post your own housing listing on Uloop and have students reach out to you!

Upload An Image

Please select an image to upload
Note: must be in .png, .gif or .jpg format
Provide URL where image can be downloaded
Note: must be in .png, .gif or .jpg format