In May, it was announced that James H. Ammons would be the next provost and vice president for academic affairs at Delaware State University in Dover. He has been serving as a professor of political science at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee.
On July 3, Dr. Ammons announced that he would not take the position as provost at Delaware State and instead would remain on the faculty at Florida A&M University. No reason was given for the change of heart. Florida A&M University did confirm that Dr. Ammons will be teaching in Tallahassee this fall.
Dr. Ammons served as president of Florida A&M University from 2007 to 2012. He resigned as president the same day that a lawsuit was filed against the university by the parents of drum major Robert Champion, who authorities say died as a result of a hazing incident in November 2011.
Before leading Florida A&M University, Dr. Ammons was the chancellor of North Carolina Central University in Durham from 2001 to 2007. Earlier, he served as provost at Florida A&M University from 1995 to 2001.
Dr. Ammons is an alumnus of Florida A&M University and holds a master of public administration degree and a Ph.D. in government from Florida State University.