The Board of Governors asks FAMU to Change Work Plan

The Florida A&M University (FAMU) Board of Trustees (BOT) was given a second chance Sept. 3 at the Board of Governors (BOG) meeting in Gainesville, Fla.

Out of the 12 schools, FAMU was the only institution asked to revise its work plan.

President Elmira Mangum made an appearance at the meeting along with the FAMU Board of Trustee members to push forward a revised work plan for the university.  

“We were challenged to provide a transformational work plan. In providing that transformational work plan we did put in stretch goals because we intend to reach them,” Mangum said.  “We will reach them whether or not you give us any money. We’ve done it before and can continue to work toward that end.”

The BOG and BOT could not agree on whether the work plan could be carried out successfully, excluding additional resources and funding.  

Alan Levine, a member of the BOG, was appointed as liaison for the BOT in order to better mediate and ensure that the new work plan established be executed to the benefit of FAMU.  

“I’m enthusiastic about it, I think you’ve got a board and I think you’ve got a President who are dedicated to this for the right reasons so I’m happy to do anything I can to help out,” Levine said.  

The BOG unanimously voted to approve a renewed work plan for the university.  

The strategic plan is set to improve the four-year graduation rate of only 12 percent and six-year graduation rate of only 39 percent. The graduation rates for the University happen to be the lowest in the Florida University System. 

The revised work plan for the university is set to bring improvements to FAMU’s performance and graduation rates.