BREAKING: Mangum Critic, Montgomery Resigns from FAMU BOT

Photo Courtesy D.A. Robin – Tallahassee Democrat 

Rufus Montgomery, former chairman of the Florida A&M University Board of Trustees, resigned from the board Thursday through a letter to Gov. Rick Scott.

In the letter, sent Thursday morning, Montgomery stated that he would be resigning effective immediately.

“It has been my esteemed pleasure to serve my alma mater in this capacity and I wish the best for Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University,” Montgomery wrote.  

This resignation comes after two failed efforts to fire FAMU President Elmira Mangum in October, and his resignation from his position as chair, which came the following day.

After the two attempts to fire Mangum, FAMU students marched to the Capitol, in an effort to get Montgomery to resign.

The administrative climate at FAMU has begun shifting dramatically. Mangum earlier this week fired Avery McKnight, vice president for legal affairs and general counsel and promoted Jimmy Miller from vice president of communications to chief of staff.

Montgomery would be the third BOT member to resign since the academic school year began, leaving FAMU with only 10 trustees with two days of meetings scheduled on campus next week.

Montgomery, a lobbyist base din Atlanta, has been a BOT member since 2011 and was appointed by Florida Gov. Scott. He has been highly critical of Mangum and her performance since she took office in 2014.