The “search process” for the interim presidency is already being fixed to make sure that Robinson isn’t chosen. Political influences outside FAMU have gotten to many of the 13 trustees and told them not give Robinson any serious consideration for the job.
One big reason that Robinson is under attack is because he’s a strong supporter of building research programs at FAMU. Robinson has brought millions of federal research grants into the university and has lobbied to expand FAMU’s Ph.D. programs in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
Another argument that is being used against Robinson is one that has also been used against President James H. Ammons. Robinson is considered to be too close to U.S. President Barack Obama. Back in 2010, Obama appointed Robinson serve as the assistant U.S. secretary of commerce for conservation and management.
The plan is to make sure that FAMU gets an interim president who will be in good favor with the top leadership of the Florida Tea Party.