Trustees to Talk about Ammons’ Departure Today

Florida A&M’s Board of Trustees is meeting this morning to discuss the fallout from President James H. Ammons‘ sudden decision last Wednesday to resign from the helm of the university. 

In a call-in meeting that afternoon, trustees pressed for a “prompt” meeting calling Ammons‘ departure a grave and uncertain turn for the university, which has for the past eight months been embroiled in the controversy that followed the hazing death of drum major Robert Champion. 

Ammons had on multiple occasions, including in interviews with the Famuan and the Tallahassee Democrat on the same day in May, rebuffed public calls to resign. In June, after the board handed down an 8-4 vote of no confidence for his “failure to lead” during the “hazing crisis,” Ammons assured the university he would stay on to fix the many problems that have plagued FAMU

The meeting is scheduled for a 9 a.m. start. The call-in number is 1-800-306-9169. The call is open to the public. Anyone can listen.