Showing posts with label Robinson. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Robinson. Show all posts

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

FAMU BOT’s reappointment of Robinson, request for waiver of presidential search requirement on BOG agenda

Two big items on the presidency of Florida A&M University are on the agenda for the Thursday meeting of the Florida Board of Governors (BOG).

The BOG will vote on whether to confirm the reappointment of Larry Robinson as interim president and also discuss the FAMU Board of Trustees’ request for a waiver of the requirement for a national search.

Robinson began his third stint as FAMU interim president on September 15, 2016. The BOT voted on September 12, 2017 to extend his contract for one year with an expiration date of September 14, 2018.

In a letter to BOG Chair Thomas Kuntz dated September 29, 2017, FAMU BOT Chair Kelvin Lawson wrote that the trustees supported the contract extension because “continuity and stability is necessary during this period of SACS reaccreditation and the presidential search process. Therefore, the FAMU BOT has reaffirmed its confidence in Dr. Robinson’s established leadership and demonstrated commitment to direct its activities during this transition.”

Monday, October 23, 2017

Prairie View A&M, Florida A&M interim presidents increasing enrollment and working to expand on-campus housing

The interim presidents of the land grant historically black universities in Texas and Florida are both increasing enrollment at their schools. They are also working to expand on-campus housing options for students.

An August press release by Prairie View A&M stated that “the university is currently trending 8% ahead of last year’s certified enrollment of 8,762. That surge is driven in large part by a nearly 15.0 percent increase in the number of first-time, full-time freshmen. Additionally, PVAMU has noted a 2-4% increase in retention for continuing students.”

It added that: “Though the university continues to provide residential housing for about 65% of its undergraduate students, including students with families, the unprecedented growth has caused higher demand for on-campus and near-campus housing.”

Interim President Ruth J. Simmons, who served as president of Brown University from 2001 to 2012, said PVAMU is working hard to help the students that it isn’t able to house on-campus.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Student numbers up at FAMU after school lost $19.8M in tuition and fees due to enrollment decline

At the 2017 Florida A&M University Homecoming Convocation, Interim President Larry Robinson announced that the school has reversed its enrollment decline.

FAMU enrolled 9,978 students in Fall 2017. That’s the biggest number of students the school has had since Fall 2014, when there were 10,233 students.

The university had 9,920 students in Fall 2015 and 9,614 students in Fall 2016.

FAMU lost $19.8M in total tuition and fee loses due to the enrollment decline between 2012-2013 and 2015-2016. The Florida auditor general report with the tuition and fee loss numbers from 2016-2017 has not been released yet.

Friday, September 15, 2017

FAMU completes Compliance Certification for SACS reaffirmation

On Wednesday, Florida A&M University Interim President Larry Robinson confirmed that the university had completed the comprehensive compliance audit and Compliance Certification Document required for its reaffirmation with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

“Even as [Hurricane Irma] approached, our Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) team was able to complete and submit our Compliance Certification Document within the deadline,” Robinson said in a public statement.

According to SACSCOC, “the comprehensive compliance audit includes an assessment of all programs and courses offered by the institution on-campus and off-campus, and those offered through distance learning.” Schools must also submit a Compliance Certification Document that “attests to the institution’s honest assessment of compliance with the accreditation requirements of the Commission on Colleges” along with the audit.

FAMU is continuing its reaffirmation of accreditation process with SACSCOC. SACSCOC will make a decision in 2018 on whether to extend FAMU’s accreditation for another ten-year period.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

FAMU trustees unanimously approve one-year contract extension for Robinson

This afternoon, the Florida A&M University Board of Trustees (BOT) unanimously approved a one-year contract extension for Interim President Larry Robinson.

The Special Committee on Presidential Leadership for the BOT voted 5-0 to recommend the contract extension on September 7. At the full meeting of the BOT today, trustees adopted the recommendation with a 12-0 vote.

“I think this sends the right message on stability for our institution. I think it sends the right message on our confidence in our leadership,” said Chair Kelvin Lawson.

Lawson mentioned the importance of having stable administrative leadership as FAMU continues its reaffirmation of accreditation process with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). SACS will make a decision  in 2018 on whether to extend FAMU’s accreditation for another ten-year period.

Friday, September 08, 2017

BOT committee recommends one-year contract extension for Robinson

Yesterday, the Special Committee on Presidential Leadership for the FAMU Board of Trustees (BOT) voted to recommend a one-year contract extension for Interim President Larry Robinson.

“I am humbled by the vote of the committee to allow me to continue my service to this great institution,” Robinson said in a quote published by the Tallahassee Democrat. “I look forward to the full Board of Trustees taking up this issue next week.”

The committee is chaired by Thomas Dortch Jr. Its other members are Student Body President Justin Bruno, Faculty Senate President Bettye Grable, David Lawrence Jr., and Belvin Perry. The committee approved the recommendation with a 5-0 vote.

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Enrollment growth necessary to repair FAMU’s dorm bond rating and replace Palmetto North

Lots of FAMUans publicly spoke out with their concerns about the slow administrative response to the problems Rattler students found at the Palmetto Street North Apartments on move-in day back on Tuesday, August 24. But some defenders of former President Elmira Mangum used that moment to spread more bogus information similar to what was on the discredited 2016 online petition that demanded a contract extension for her.

One untrue claim that circulated on the unofficial “FAMU Alumni” Facebook group was that Mangum wanted to replace Palmetto North, but Interim President Larry Robinson threw out those plans and just decided to keep that complex on an indefinite basis.

Robinson has said that he wants to tear down and replace Palmetto North. University officials told WJXT-4 in Jacksonville that the interim administration aims “to replace the 45-year-old dorms with new facilities as a long-term solution.”

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Robinson: Getting it right at Palmetto North

By Larry Robinson, Ph.D.
Interim President of Florida A&M University

Since our founding in 1887, FAMU has dedicated itself to fulfilling its motto “Excellence with Caring.” And while our legacy is filled with great achievements and a reputation for a premier student experience, we are a human institution that sometimes has missed the mark. However, even in those moments, we have always found a way to make excellence a priority, and not lose sight of our commitment to caring.

While 2,088 students moved in on time to eight of our other housing facilities without any major issues, we fell short at Palmetto North with delays and outstanding renovations.

Although last week’s unfortunate move-in delay for our new students assigned to Palmetto North was not our best day as a University, we took immediate corrective action and within 72 hours were able to resume normal operations with the help of the entire University community, including alumni and students.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Robinson apologizes to FAMU students, families for Palmetto North problems

Yesterday, Florida A&M University Interim President Larry Robinson made rounds with the major Tallahassee media organizations to apologize for the unacceptable conditions that dozens of students found at the Palmetto Street North Apartments during move-in day on Tuesday.

“The first thing is I apologize to them personally,” Robinson told WCTV-6 when asked what message he wanted to give the students and their families. “Let them know that this wasn’t FAMU’s best day.”

Robinson also spoke with WTXL-27, the Tallahassee Democrat, and WFSU.

According to the Democrat, “students arrived Tuesday to rooms reeking of mold and mildew, safety issues with doors and left behind construction debris.”

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Appropriations bill includes $1M to expand online course offerings at FAMU

(L-R) FAMU VP for Research Timothy Moore, Rep. Ramon Alexander, Interim President Larry Robinson
The new Florida General Appropriations Act (SB 2500) includes $1,000,000 to help Florida A&M University expand its online course offerings.

Interim President Larry Robinson submitted the funding request to state Rep. Ramon Alexander, D-Tallahassee, in January. Alexander then filed a bill to seek the money (HB 2137).

Robinson and Alexander both wanted $5M in nonrecurring dollars for the project. But that amount was reduced to $1M during the budget negotiations.

“The investment will enable FAMU to increase online offerings in areas of strategic emphasis including [science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)], offer additional high quality undergraduate online degree programs and increase graduation rates,” Robinson wrote in the written request.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Robinson speaks to ORNL about importance of HBCUs

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) Interim President Larry Robinson, Ph.D. former Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) researcher discussed the past, present and future of African Americans and education as the featured speaker at the ORNL Black History Month Committee’s Annual Soul Food Tasting event Feb. 16.

Robinson has had a long, accomplished career, and he credits his success to the quality of his early education. He graduated from the University of Memphis with a degree in chemistry and earned his doctorate in nuclear chemistry from Washington University in St. Louis in 1984. Later that year, he joined ORNL as a staff researcher and eventual group leader.

His time at ORNL was marked by his investigation into the cause of death of President Zachary Taylor in 1850. Using neutrons from the High Flux Isotope Reactor and samples of Taylor’s hair and fingernails, Robinson and his team determined that Taylor did not die from arsenic poisoning, debunking a long-held speculation about the late president’s demise.

Friday, March 03, 2017

Robinson joins Lawson for U.S. president’s address to joint session of Congress

On Tuesday, February 28, Florida A&M University Interim President Larry Robinson joined U.S. Rep. Alfred “Al” Lawson for the U.S. president’s address before a joint session of Congress.

Lawson, a FAMU alumnus, said in a tweet that he was “proud” to have the interim president with him for the occasion.

Earlier in the day, Robinson was part of a group of historically black college and university (HBCU) presidents and chancellors who met with U.S. President Donald Trump at the White House. At the meeting, Trump signed an executive order entitled “White House Initiative to Promote Excellence and Innovation at Historically Black Colleges and Universities.”

Thursday, March 02, 2017

Robinson visits Washington, DC for meetings with U.S. president and members of Congress

Florida A&M University (FAMU) Interim President Larry Robinson joined more than 80 leaders of historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) for strategy and listening sessions on Capitol Hill, and a visit to the White House.

At the invitation of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, on Feb. 27 and 28, HBCU presidents and chancellors met with U.S. President Donald Trump, White House officials, and members of Congress. On Tuesday, President Trump signed an executive order entitled, “White House Initiative to Promote Excellence and Innovation at Historically Black Colleges and Universities.”

“I believe the opportunity to meet as a community of educational leaders and discuss strategies designed to allow us to work more effectively with those entering the federal sector anew, along with those who have supported HBCUs for years, was worth the trip alone,” said Robinson.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Florida Times-Union: “FAMU leadership is back on track”

On Friday, the Florida Times-Union wrote another editorial that lauded Florida A&M University's continuing progress under its new administrative and Board of Trustees leadership.

Back in December 2016, the Times-Union ran an editorial entitled ““FAMU seems to be getting back on track.”

From the February 9, 2017 editorial “FAMU leadership is back on track”:

Florida A&M University is on the move. There is new leadership with a respected interim president.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Robinson addresses executive order affecting foreign travel and immigration

Interim President Larry Robinson released the following statement regarding the recent executive order affecting foreign travel and immigration:

“Florida A&M University has a strong and vibrant academic and research community, which includes diverse students, staff, and faculty representing various countries. The University remains committed to providing its faculty, staff, and students with a safe, positive, and fruitful working and learning environment regardless of their nation of origin.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Robinson has brought $40M+ in research grants to FAMU since being hired by Humphries

Larry Robinson is a powerhouse when it comes to securing federal research dollars by the millions. He has brought more than $40M in research grants to Florida A&M University since he joined the faculty 20 years ago.

Back in 1997, then-FAMU President Frederick S. Humphries lured Robinson away from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where he was a research scientist and group leader. Humphries appointed him serve as director of the Environmental Sciences Institute and asked to lead the process of starting B.S. and Ph.D. programs in that field.

Robinson and his team had the B.S. program up-and-running in 1998. They got the Ph.D. program off the ground in 1999.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

2014: Robinson takes Thrasher to task for suggesting he agreed to split COE, calls claim “comical”

Back in 2014, state Sen. John Thrasher, R-St. Augustine, suggested that former FAMU Interim President Larry Robinson had supported the idea of splitting the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering (COE) while he was in office.

But Robinson publicly took him to task for mischaracterizing his position.

“That is totally incorrect,” Robinson said in response to Thrasher’s claim in a Miami Herald blog story by reporter Tia Mitchell.