Finalists in presidential search announced

After a lengthy debate, the presidential search committee has narrowed the field to six candidates for the position of president of Florida A&M University.

The Hollins Group, a search firm hired by the university, presented 12 candidates out of the 36 that applied for review by the committee Wednesday.

The six people who made the preliminary cut in alphabetical order are:

-James H. Ammons, president of North Carolina Central University and former Florida A&M University provost.

-Lawrence F. Davenport, executive vice president for University Advancement and executive director of the FAU Foundation at Florida Atlantic University.

-Howard C. Johnson, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at University of North Texas.

-Larry L. Palmer, president and CEO of the Inter-American Foundation and former U.S. Ambassador to Honduras.

-Patricia Pierce Ramsey, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Bowie State University.

-Thelma B. Thompson, president of University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

The six who were eliminated were:

-Robert G. Beatty, general council and vice president of public affairs for the Miami Herald Media Company.

-Robert B. Donaldson, director of masters of public administration programs and masters thesis projects/practicum for the division of public administration at Governors State University.

-Alphonso Jackson, secretary of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development.

-Irving P. McPhail, president of the McPhail Group.

-J. Keith Motley, vice president for Business and Public Affairs at the University of Massachusetts System.

-Johnny C. Taylor, senior vice president of Human Resources at IAC/Interactive Corp.

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