Showing posts with label BOG. Show all posts
Showing posts with label BOG. Show all posts

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Gamble hiring leads to more FAMU trustee questions about non-advertised positions

On Wednesday, FAMU trustees raised more questions about jobs that are filled without advertisement after receiving an update on the review of the hiring process that led to the employment of Santoras “Dee” Gamble.

Gamble pleaded guilty to the felony charge of Conspiracy to Defraud the United States in 2010 and received three years of probation. He was also required to pay a restitution amount of more than $122,000. Last year, FAMU Vice-President for Communications and External Relations Jimmy Miller hired Gamble to a $75,000 “special assistant” job.

The inspector general of the Florida Board of Governors asked the university in a September 9 email: “Has there been any review of this matter to confirm that FAMU followed the background and hiring process in hiring Gamble? If so, what was the result?”

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Carter gets big pat on the back from Scott after publicly mocking FAMU alumni lawmakers

Former Board of Governors (BOG) member Matthew Carter II has received a big pat on the back from Gov. Rick Scott after loudly scolding Florida A&M University alumni lawmakers who expressed concern about their alma mater in August.

On December 18, Scott appointed Carter to the FAMU Board of Trustees (BOT). There’s already talk in Tallahassee that moving Carter from the BOG to FAMU is part of an effort to fast-track him into the FAMU chairmanship in time for a likely presidential search in the upcoming months. June 30, 2016 is the deadline for a discussion on whether President Elmira Mangum’s employment will be renewed. She began a three-year contract on April 1, 2014.

Carter’s former colleagues on the BOG can create a vacancy in the FAMU chairmanship as soon as they get ready. Current Chairman Cleve Warren’s term expired more than a year ago on January 6, 2015.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Still no detailed answers from Scott, BOG about 50% reduction of FAMU alumni on BOT

Neither Gov. Rick Scott nor the Florida Board of Governors (BOG) has released a detailed explanation for the recent decision to cut the number of Florida A&M alumni in the school’s appointed Board of Trustees (BOT) seats down by half. 

FAMU alumni currently only have three of the 11 appointed seats on their alma mater’s BOT, down from six last year. But Scott and the BOG have opted to continue to let alumni of the University of Florida and Florida State hold ten of the 11 appointed seats on their respective BOTs.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Auditors confirm BOG has finally fixed the numerous noncompliance problems in IG office

Former BOG Inspector General Derry Harper and current BOG Inspector General Joseph Maleszewski
Florida Auditor General Sherrill F. Norman recently confirmed that the Florida Board of Governors (BOG) has finally fixed the noncompliance problems in its Office of the Inspector General that led to a blistering state review in 2013.

Norman reported no findings on the 2015 quality assessment review for the BOG inspector general’s office. That was much different than what state auditors found two years earlier.

Back in 2013, Florida Auditor General David W. Martin scolded the BOG for “noncompliance with statutory requirements” in the review of its inspector general’s office. As part of that finding, he said the BOG failed to provide verification that then-BOG Inspector General Derry Harper had the educational qualifications required by Florida law.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

BOG dodges WCTV question about how many FAMU alumni applied for BOT vacancies

Mori Hosseini, chair of BOG Nomination and Governance Committee
On Thursday, the Florida Board of Governors (BOG) dodged a question from WCTV CBS 6 about how many alumni of Florida A&M University applied for vacant seats on their alma mater’s Board of Trustees (BOT).

“There were 32 applicants for these latest positions for the FAMU Board. The B.O.G. could not say offhand how many were graduates of FAMU,” WCTV-6 reported.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Clark says small number of alumni on FAMU Board of Trustees unacceptable

At both the University of Florida and Florida State University, alumni have ten of the 11 appointed seats on the respective Boards of Trustees. But FAMU alumni only have three of the 11 appointed seats on their alma mater’s Board of Trustees (BOT), down from six last year.

Lt. Col. Gregory L. Clark, the newly elected president of the Florida A&M University National Alumni Association (NAA), is speaking out against that different treatment of FAMU. According to WCTV-6, Clark “says the lower number of alumni on the board does not mirror other universities in the state system.”

“We have a lot of talented graduates from FAMU,” Clark said in an interview with the TV station. “I think we should take a hard look and tap into some of the talent that is out there. All we’re asking for is a fair shot at looking at some of our graduates out there to serve on the board of trustees.”

Thursday, January 21, 2016

BOG committee recommends Dortch, Reed for FAMU Board of Trustees

Thomas W. Dortch, Jr. and Craig Reed
Yesterday, the Nomination and Governance Committee of the Florida Board of Governors (BOG) recommended candidates for two of the three the vacant BOG-appointed seats on the Florida A&M University Board of Trustees.

One is Thomas W. Dortch, Jr., chairman and chief executive officer of TWD, Inc. He holds a B.A. in sociology and pre-professional social work from Fort Valley State University (1972) an M.A. in criminal justice administration from Clark-Atlanta University (1986).

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Alumni lawmakers silent as Tripp co-leads BOG selection process for 3 FAMU BOT seats

The FAMU alumni in the Florida Legislature are continuing to give the Florida Board of Governors (BOG) a pass on its treatment of their alma mater. They are currently remaining silent as Norman Tripp, one of the last individuals who should have anything to do with choosing leaders for FAMU, is serving on the BOG subcommittee that vets candidates for the FAMU Board of Trustees (BOT).

Tripp is one of the two members of the FAMU Subcommittee of the BOG Nomination and Governance Committee. The other is Mori Hosseini. They have been reviewing applications and nominations for three vacancies on the FAMU BOT now that Spurgeon McWilliams has resigned and the terms of Cleve Warren and Karl White have expired.

The three FAMU BOT vacancies are on the agenda for the BOG meeting that will take place today and tomorrow at Florida State University.

Monday, January 18, 2016

1988: Meek, Lawson blast BOR for talking to Humphries in a demeaning manner

On Wednesday and Thursday of this week, the Florida Board of Governors (BOG) will hold a meeting at Florida State University. Three Florida A&M University Board of Trustees vacancies will be on the agenda.

The FAMU alumni in the Florida Legislature have let the BOG run all over their alma mater since 2015. They are still silent in the aftermath of BOG-supported changes that led to FAMU losing control of the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering (COE) budget after 28 years, BOG member Norman Tripp talking to FAMU administrators in a condescending way, and FAMU’s alumni being reduced to a minority in the 11 appointed university Board of Trustees seats.

FAMU used to have much stronger alumni legislators like Carrie P. Meek and Al Lawson who didn’t back down when the former Board of Regents (BOR) did things that were harmful to the school.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Alumni lawmakers still ignoring decision to reduce FAMU alumni to minority in appointed BOT seats

Florida A&M University has gone from having six of the 11 appointed seats on its Board of Trustees filled by alumni in 2015 to now only three. At both the University of Florida and Florida State University, alumni have ten of the 11 appointed seats.

But the alumni lawmakers of FAMU still haven’t publicly taken Gov. Rick Scott or the Florida Board of Governors (BOG) to task for this.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Four FAMU BOT members’ terms have expired

The terms of four sitting trustees at Florida A&M University have expired.

Those trustees are: Kelvin Lawson, Belinda Shannon, Cleve Warren, and Karl White. The Board of Trustees (BOT) also has a seat that has been vacant ever since Spurgeon McWilliams stepped down on Oct. 28.

The appointment decisions that Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Board of Governors (BOG) make will carry high stakes for FAMU President Elmira Mangum. June 30, 2016 is the deadline for a discussion on whether Mangum’s employment will be renewed. She began a three-year contract on April 1, 2014.

Monday, January 04, 2016

BOG should replace Karl White with someone who has a better professional record

At both the University of Florida and Florida State University, alumni hold ten of the 11 appointed seats on the Boards of Trustees. Those alumni come from the best of the best of each schools’ graduates. The names of numerous wealthy business leaders, prominent attorneys, and influential politicians appear on UF and FSU’s trustee directories.

Florida A&M has many alumni who’ve been just as successful in their careers and would love to receive an appointment to serve on university’s Board of Trustees. But the Florida Governor’s Office and Florida Board of Governors (BOG) have declined to let FAMU alumni hold the majority of seats on the FAMU board.

Florida governors and the BOG have regularly rebuffed the best-accomplished FAMU alumni in order to give the university low-quality appointees like Karl White, whose term ends on January 6, 2016.  

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Roberts debates Criser on engineering college as FAMU alumni lawmakers keep silent

The FAMU alumni in the Florida Legislature have kept silent about the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering (COE) ever since FAMU lost control of the $12.9 million budget this year. Some of the loudest alumni voices who have called for that loss to be challenged have been FAMU retirees such as former President Walter Smith, former President Frederick S. Humphries, and current National Alumni Association President Tommy Mitchell, Sr.

Willie Roberts, a retired FAMU mathematics professor, has also stepped up to the plate by publicly debating Florida Board of Governors Chancellor Marshall Criser, III on what has happened to the engineering college as the alumni lawmakers have continued to avoid the issue.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Alumni lawmakers letting Scott, BOG, and Thrasher run over FAMU

In 2015, FAMU lost control of a multi-million dollar college budget after 28 years and saw its alumni become a minority in the 11 appointed university Board of Trustees seats.

If any of those things had happened to the University of Florida, Florida State University, or the University of South Florida, their alumni lawmakers would be up in arms. But the FAMU alumni in the Florida Legislature have remained quiet about these attacks against the university.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

FAMU deserves to have alumni in most of its 11 appointed BOT seats just like UF, FSU, and USF

Gov. Rick Scott and BOG Chairman Thomas Kuntz
Currently, only three of the 11 appointed seats on the FAMU Board of Trustees are filled by alumni. At both the University of Florida and Florida State University, alumni have ten of the 11 appointed seats.

Alumni of the University of South Florida have eight of the 11 appointed seats on its Board of Trustees.

The small number of FAMU alumni that the Florida Governor’s Office and Board of Governors (BOG) have chosen to appoint to the FAMU Board of Trustees is an insult. It suggests that FAMU doesn’t have as many alumni who are up to the task of leadership as UF, FSU, and USF.

FAMU deserves to have most of its 11 appointed BOT seats filled by alumni just as much as UF, FSU, and USF do.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

FAMU only has 3 appointed alumni trustees, UF has 10

Gov. Rick Scott speaks before the Board of Governors
The Florida Governor’s Office and Board of Governors (BOG) have treated the state’s two land-grant universities very differently when it comes to appointing alumni trustees. 

The governor’s office and BOG have appointed ten alumni to the Board of Trustees at the University of Florida. But they have only appointed three alumni to the Board of Trustees at Florida A&M, the only public historically black university in the state.  

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Mangum says Criser, FSU would have outvoted FAMU on COE fiscal agent decision

At the October 18 meeting of the FAMU Board of Trustees (BOT), President Elmira Mangum shared a set of details that she hadn’t previously told the board about the shift of the fiscal agent duties for the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering (COE).

The Joint College of Engineering Governance Council voted on May 20 to move the $12.9M COE core operating budget from FAMU to FSU.

Mangum said that it was clear to her at that meeting that even if the entire FAMU delegation had voted to keep the budget at FAMU, the majority of the council members would have just outvoted them and moved the budget to FSU anyway.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Criser still refusing to acknowledge that FAMU controlled COE budget for 28 years

BOG Chancellor Marshall Criser, III and Retired FAMU Professor Willie Roberts
Yesterday, the Tallahassee Democrat published a sharp response that Board of Governors (BOG) Chancellor Marshall Criser, III wrote to an earlier letter by retired FAMU Mathematics Professor Willie Roberts.

A letter to the editor by Roberts on December 9 said that FAMU’s recent loss of control over the $12.9M budget for the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering (COE) was harmful to the university. The Joint College of Engineering Governance Council that was created this year passed a resolution on May 20, 2015 to shift the COE fiscal agent duties from FAMU to FSU. FAMU had served as the fiscal agent since 1987.

Criser fired back with a rebuttal that criticized Roberts. He said that: “Mr. Roberts attempts to equate ‘fiscal agency’ with ‘budget control.’”

But the letter by Criser didn’t mention that FAMU did have control of the COE budget while it was the fiscal agent.

Monday, November 16, 2015

News stories about FAMU officials linked to financial scandals far from over

A number of officials at Florida A&M University, and some individuals who have recently left their leadership posts at the school, have been at the center of public controversies over the past several years after being linked to financial scandals. The news coverage that is following a few of them appears to be far from finished.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

McWilliams leaves FAMU Board of Trustees

Yesterday, a Rattler Nation Twitter post broke that news that Spurgeon McWilliams had stepped down from the FAMU Board of Trustees (BOT). McWilliams informed Florida Board of Governors (BOG) Chancellor Marshall Criser, III of his decision to leave in a brief letter.

Up until Wednesday, McWilliams was the longest-serving active member of the FAMU BOT. The BOG originally appointed him in 2006. He then received a reappointment in 2011 for a term that was to expire on January 6, 2016.