Friday, July 31, 2015

Boston appointed new associate provost for faculty affairs and development

On July 8, FAMU Professor Genyne Henry Boston became the university’s new associate provost for faculty affairs and faculty development.

In the newly created position, Boston will provide leadership in ensuring academic and research excellence, as well as innovation in facilitating a learning environment of intellectual vibrancy, personal and social responsibility, success, and significance for both faculty and students.

“I believe that everyone has a role to play in the success of our students,” Boston said. “It is my goal to ensure that faculty members are equipped with information and resources to make a difference in the learning experience of FAMU students.”

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Rufus’ support on FAMU Board of Trustees remaining steady as Mangum’s declines

Rufus Montgomery appears to be headed to an easy reelection as the chairman of the FAMU Board of Trustees next week.

Back on April 8, Rufus won the race to serve out the remainder of the term of former Chairman Chuck Badger. Badger left the Board of Trustees on March 27, 2015 when Gov. Rick Scott replaced him with new Trustee Robert Woody.

Badger had been a supporter of FAMU President Elmira Mangum.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Mangum likely to have few defenders left on FAMU Board of Trustees by January

The next round of term expirations on the FAMU Board of Trustees could make it even harder for Elmira Mangum to keep her administrative ship above water.

Back in April, Rufus Montgomery won the chairmanship of the Board of Trustees with a 9-4 victory against Cleve Warren. The vote count showed the split between the trustees who were supporters of Mangum and those who either want her gone or appear to be losing patience with her.

Rufus has been Mangum’s biggest headache on the Board of Trustees since her contract negotiations last year. He was a leader in the unsuccessful attempts to set her starting salary at $325,000 instead of the $425,000 she wanted and also to try to deny her a tenured position in the FAMU College of Education.

Mangum and Rufus went on to clash at Board of Trustees meetings with Rufus telling her during an August 11, 2014 conference call that the board could cut off her microphone. According to a Tallahassee Democrat article that ran later that month: “Reminded that Montgomery is closely affiliated with Gov. Rick Scott, who appointed him to FAMU’s board, Mangum responded: ‘What does that say about the people that appointed him?’”

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Tensions rise over Mangum’s treatment of FAMU faculty

Back in 2014, several of the semi-finalists for the FAMU presidency had records that showed they had very little respect for college faculty. Elmira Mangum was not one of them and that helped her get the job.

But now, a growing number of the FAMU faculty members who gave their support to the vote to appoint Mangum that year are expressing disappointment about the way she is treating FAMU professors.

Faculty Senate President and Board of Trustees member Bettye A. Grable gave Mangum a “Does Not Meet Expectations” rating for eight of the 11 questions in her presidential evaluation. Some of her biggest criticisms were about a lack of shared governance by the administration.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Mangum’s attempts to mend fences with Scott too little, too late

Gov. Rick Scott could make Elmira Mangum’s problems with the FAMU Board of Trustees go away with only a minimal amount of effort on his part. But she doesn’t have much of a chance of getting any help from him after what she said last year.

Back on August 23, 2014, the Tallahassee Democrat ran a story that included the following comments that Mangum made about Trustee Rufus Montgomery: “Reminded that Montgomery is closely affiliated with Gov. Rick Scott, who appointed him to FAMU’s board, Mangum responded: ‘What does that say about the people that appointed him?’”

Scott appointed Rufus to the FAMU Board of Trustees back in 2011. 

That statement to the Tallahassee Democrat might have seemed like a good idea to Mangum back when the polls were showing that Scott was in a neck-and-neck race with former Gov. Charlie Crist for the governorship. But Scott won his bid for reelection just over two months after that statement was published.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

FAMU Athletics receives $675,000 grant from NCAA

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has awarded the FAMU Department of Athletics a multi-year Accelerating Academic Success Program Comprehensive Grant worth $675,000.

The grants help schools improve the academic success of their student-athletes.  The goal is to support the school’s efforts to meet the requirements of the Division I Academic Performance Program, which was developed to ensure schools provide an environment that supports education while enhancing the ability of student-athletes to earn a degree.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Rattler football players donate clothing to needy

FAMU football team members visited the newly opened Kearney Center yesterday morning to donate clothing they collected for local needy citizens.

The FAMU players, who were accompanied by Assistant Coach D.J. McCarthy and team academic advisor Anthony Williams, met with Center Director Monique Ellsworth, who accepted the donation. Ellsworth also explained the various services provided by the center before giving the group a grand tour of the facility.

Rattler senior linebacker Akil Blount led his teammates in collecting clothing from the community for donation. Blount is a finalist for the 2015 American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Good Hands Team which honors college football players who balance athletics, academics and community service.

The Kearney Center accepts donations of clothing for the homeless. It works in cooperation with Goodwill Industries, which issues vouchers to clients in the center to select items to meet their needs.