Board of Trustees at Florida A&M Votes “No Confidence” in University’s President

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.

Related Articles

3 COMMENTS

  1. It is a shame that a model president is being marred by a senseless act. Bands at HBCUs are out of control and need processes but in place to deal with ineffective leadership and rouge activities.

    • This is a very untrue statement. There are HBCU band programs that exhibit excellent bandsmanship and showmanship. To think it is just at HBCUs is a huge and mistakenly assumption

  2. HBCU bands are not out of control. Tragedies like this happen in other school organizations and not only at HBCUs. There are many school programs both HBCU and traditional that have encountered hazing issues. Hazing isn’t subjective to only HBCUs or their band programs. Many band programs have processes and procedures in effect to deal with students who participate in hazing activities, yet as a faculty member some band directors do not have the authority to remove a student from the school. The universities have to put procedures and processes in place that will empower them to take the necessary actions.

Leave a Reply

Get the JBHE Weekly Bulletin

Receive our weekly email newsletter delivered to your inbox

Latest News

Johns Hopkins University Launches New Major and Center for Critical Study of Racism, Immigration, and Colonialism

The new Chloe Center for the Critical Study of Racism, Immigration, and Colonialism will provide research opportunities and educational events for the Johns Hopkins University community. As part of the new program, the university has announced a new undergraduate major in critical diaspora studies.

Chicago Library Receives $2 Million to Digitize Collection of African American History and Literature

The Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection housed within the Chicago Public Library will soon be available online to the public thanks to a $2 million grant from the Mellon Foundation.

Online Articles That May Be of Interest to JBHE Readers

Each week, JBHE will provide links to online articles that may be of interest to our readers. Here are this week’s selections.

Recent Books of Interest to African American Scholars

The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education regularly publishes a list of new books that may be of interest to our readers. The books included are on a wide variety of subjects and present many different points of view.

Featured Jobs