By a vote of 8-4, the board of trustees approved a vote of no confidence in Florida A&M president James Ammons. President Ammons, who became president in 2007 and signed a five-year extension to his contract a year ago, vowed to stay on and deal with issues confronting the educational institution.
Florida A&M has been embroiled in turmoil since the death of band member Robert Champion last fall from a hazing incident. President Ammons announced this week several measures to deal with the aftermath of the incident. While the band will remain suspended for the coming academic year, in the future, members will face stiffer eligibility and academic requirements. He also said that he plans to hire a compliance officer for the music department and a special assistant to the president to deal with hazing issues.