Alabama A&M University alum David Pearson, a columnist for the Huntsville Times, doesn’t like the fact that Lawrence Davenport is still interviewing to be AAMU’s president after he just took a new educational administration job in Rhode Island.
Davenport, Florida Atlantic University’s former executive vice-president for advancement, made the short list for FAMU’s presidency in 2006. While vying for the FAMU job, he left his FAU position and collected a controversial $577,950 payment.
Pearson has a big problem with Davenport’s actions:
If we're supposed to be dating, the last thing I expect is to see is you hugged up with some other guy. Especially not after telling me that you're ready to be mine for life, if I only ask.
Well, that's basically what's happened with Alabama A&M University and Dr. Lawrence Davenport. The university courted him for its top job and he consented to the courtship. He even went so far as to say at last Friday's campus meeting that he "would ask the board for a lifetime contract if I could."
Now we know that Davenport was only sweet-talking A&M's students, faculty and staff. The day before, it was announced that he was the new executive director and academic dean at the Times Squared Academy in Providence, R.I.
Where I come from, we call this two-timing. It's a classic player move: Tell one institution what it wants to hear while you're getting what you want from another.
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