Saturday, April 05, 2014

Robinson, Mangum take Thrasher to task for mischaracterizing their positions on E-College

On Thursday, state Sen. John Thrasher, R-St. Augustine, suggested that former FAMU Interim President Larry Robinson and new FAMU President Elmira Mangum were favorable to the idea of splitting the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering. Robinson and Mangum both took Thrasher to task for mischaracterizing their positions.

According to the Tallahassee Democrat, “Thrasher said Robinson and former FSU President Eric Barron had been discussing the topic ‘for a long time’ and insinuated their agreement to the plan.”

Robinson says he never agreed to any such thing.

“My position has always been that this is a bad idea,” Robinson said. “You have what has been held up as a model of collaboration nationwide, and here we are talking about separating it without any solid reasons for doing it. All this talk about how Robinson and Barron agreed to it, is really comical to me.”

Thrasher also claimed that Mangum and FSU Interim President Garnett Stokes had met and agreed to develop a “memorandum of understanding” on breaking up the joint E-College.

Mangum says that isn’t true.

FAMU spokeswoman Alonda Thomas sent an email to the Tampa Bay Times that stated: “There was no such agreement.”

“Dr. Mangum and Dr. Stokes agreed that they need to review the current amendment to understand its impact on FAMU if it should be approved,” Thomas said. “They agreed that the process is not collegial and that it is not the process in which collaboration is conducted.”

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