Use research to choose best FAMU president

According to an article on, the FAMU Presidential Search Committee might pick a new president in the next 10 days.

Of the 12 finalists the committee named, three candidates are left: Thelma B. Thompson, Howard Johnson and James H. Ammons.

Thompson, the president of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, has a desire to increase enrollment and retention rates and keep finances in the black.

Johnson, who also wants to raise enrollment, said he looks to make FAMU more student-friendly. The University of North Texas provost and academic affairs vice president would also like to bring public attention to what he calls FAMU’s elite graduate programs.

And Ammons, who was provost during Frederick S. Humphries’s presidential tenure, wants to improve upon the accomplishments made during the time when he was provost. A large portion of his plan entails having maintenance done on most of the university’s buildings.

Although some students have pegged Ammons as their favorite candidate because of his previous time at FAMU, everyone who cares about FAMU’s present and future needs to thoroughly research each candidate before coming to a decision of whom they want as president.

Most students do research before choosing the institution they attend, so why not do homework on the school’s president? <Brandon D. Oliver for the Editorial Board.