Ammons nominates new trustee

Florida A&M President James Ammons nominated former Florida House Representative Marjorie Turnbull to serve on the university’s Board of Trustees. The Board of Governors approved the recommendation Thursday.

The Board of Trustees is the governing body for the university, and consists of 13 members, including the university president and student body president.

Ammons formally nominated Turnbull for the seat vacated by Trustee Robert Brown.

“I am pleased to submit a signed application and to nominate Mrs. Marjorie R. Turnbull to serve on the FAMU Board of Trustees,” Ammons wrote in his official nomination. “She has a long and rich history as an advocate and supporter of education in the State of Florida. Mrs. Turnbull education in the State of Florida. Mrs. Turnbull would be an outstanding asset to the Board of Trustees.”

Turnbull received a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Florida and a master’s degree in international relations from the University of Georgia.

As members of the Board of Trustees, Turnbull is currently a special associate with Penson Associates, Inc., a research and consultation firm that specializes in higher education.

Turnbull served in the Florida House of Representatives from 1994 to 1996. As a representative, Turnbull served on four education committees including Education Appropriations, Higher Education and K-12 Education, as well as the Select Committee on Educational Facilities. She also served as trustee for Edward Waters College, and the board of directors for the Foundation for Florida’s Community Colleges from 1995 to 2006.

Turnbull’s previous involvement with FAMU includes serving on the transition and inauguration planning committee for Dr. Ammons, as well as speaking at prior commencement exercises.