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

Monday, March 21, 2016

Most FAMU “excellence” areas for performance-funding came from Robinson administration

FAMU President Elmira Mangum talks often about how the ribbon-cutting for the 3,800 acre federal land transfer in Brooksville, Fla. took place during her second year in office. But she doesn’t talk as much about the fact that the agreement to transfer that property was actually signed by Interim President Larry Robinson and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack in 2014.

Last week, the Mangum administration sent out a press release that bragged about FAMU’s improvement in the state performance-funding metrics.

“The improvements shown in our 2014-2015 performance metrics are a reflection of the FAMU community unifying to ensure progression in our student success efforts,” Mangum said in the announcement.

Robinson’s name wasn’t mentioned even though most of the “marks of excellence” FAMU received were based on data or work from the 2013-2014 year.

Monday, July 20, 2015

2014: Robinson, Vilsack sign historic deal to transfer 3,800 acres of federal land to FAMU

Back in 2014, FAMU Interim President Larry Robinson and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack signed a historic agreement to transfer 3,800 acres of federal land to FAMU.

Robinson and Vilsack made the deal official with a Memorandum of Understanding on March 1, 2014. FAMU is set to receive the property from the U.S. Department of Agriculture by September 30, 2015.

The land is located in Brooksville, Fla. and was formerly used as a research station that focused on beef cattle. That research station closed in 2012.

According to a FAMU press release from last week, “this transfer will be one of the single largest to a historically Black college or university in history.”

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.”

Monday, March 10, 2014

Trustees honor Robinson for resilient leadership

Resilient, humble, selfless and dedicated. These were the praises sung by members of the FAMU Board of Trustees as they honored Interim President Larry Robinson at his final Board meeting before turning over the reins of the university to incoming President Elmira Mangum.

Mangum begins her tenure as FAMU’s CEO on April 1.

During the March 6 meeting, the Board presented Robinson with an honorary FAMU Rattlers football helmet, signed by each member, to signify his vast contributions as the “captain” of the FAMU team for the last 19 months.

“Thank you for what you have done, thank you for your leadership and thank you for where FAMU is today,” said Trustee Marjorie Turnbull.

Sunday, March 09, 2014

FAMU to host appreciation reception for Robinson

FAMU will host the “Dr. Larry Robinson Endowed Scholarship Appreciation Reception” on Tuesday, March 18, at the Hotel Duval Horizon Ballroom, located at 415 N. Monroe Street, from 6-8 p.m. Tickets for the appreciation reception are $100 and can be purchased online at

“Dr. Robinson has been an exemplary leader and supporter of FAMU and his service to the university deserves to be recognized,” said Interim Provost Rodner Wright, event chair. “It is an honor to create an endowed scholarship in his name and continue his legacy of ‘Excellence With Caring’ for generations to come.”

During a recent trip to Tampa, FAMU National Alumni Association chapters and leadership kicked-off the fundraising efforts for the endowed scholarship with pledges and checks totaling $30,000.

Monday, March 03, 2014

FAMU’s 2014 President’s Recruitment Tour heads to Central, South Florida

After receiving an overwhelming response from last year’s Annual President’s Tour, FAMU Interim President Larry Robinson will return to several South and Central Florida cities to recruit the best and brightest high school seniors.

The 2014 President’s Tour is scheduled to begin March 8 through March 10 stopping in Ft. Lauderdale, Ft. Myers, Tampa and Miami.

Last year’s President’s Tour ignited a ten percent increase in admissions applications at FAMU, as nearly $325,000 in scholarships were awarded.

The annual tour is an effort to recruit some of the top-performing students in the state of Florida. Robinson will meet with students and parents to award scholarships on the spot to students who meet Presidential Scholarship requirements.

Thursday, February 06, 2014

Robinson asks Capitol Hill to help FAMU students hurt by Parent PLUS Loan crisis

Last week, FAMU Interim President Larry Robinson headed to the nation’s capital to discuss the Corrine Brown joined him for a meeting with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.

Parent PLUS Loan crisis that has hurt the university’s enrollment. FAMU alumna and U.S. Congresswoman Corrine Brown.

FAMU and many other historically black colleges and universities were hurt by stricter eligibility requirements for the federal PLUS Loan program that the U.S. Department of Education implemented in October of 2011.

The PLUS Loan changes resulted in thousands of low-income HBCU students being denied this critical source of financial aid and either having to withdraw from school or delay their entry into college.

Back in the Fall of 2012, a total of 569 FAMU students were denied PLUS Loans. More than 800 FAMU have been affected. 

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

FAMU’s fall applications up by ten percent

A student receives a scholarship during the Pensacola stop of the 2013 FAMU President’s Tour
Diverse Issues in Higher Education recently reported on the success of FAMU’s retooled recruitment program.

From the article: “FAMU’s new recruiting strategy paying off”:

The new recruiting strategy of Florida A&M University (FAMU), strengthened by this month’s clean health ruling from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) is boosting the university’s admissions applications, the institution’s chief executive says.

So far applications for the fall, 2014 academic year are up 10 percent compared to this time same a year ago, said university interim President Larry Robinson. The increase indicates success so far in FAMU’s more feet-on-the-street, earlier in the recruiting season, new message strategy, Robinson said in a brief interview as the university approached the last days of fall and prepared to close for its winter break.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Hope for a Robinson presidential application is a pipe dream

Despite what Chuck Badger, Elizabeth Davenport, and the Tallahassee Democrat have said, the FAMU Board of Trustees never adopted a policy that restricts the university’s current interim president from submitting an application to lead the school on a permanent basis.

Article 5.6 of the FAMU board’s operating procedures says: “No business will be transacted without an affirmative vote of the Board, and a majority vote of all the members of the Board is required for establishing policy, for making rules and regulations, for appointing and removing the President, and for approving or terminating programs.”

The FAMU Board of Trustees NEVER voted to restrict the current interim president from applying for or being considered for the permanent position. The minutes of the trustee meetings held on July 16, 2012 and August 15, 2012, which have been accepted by the full board, prove that fact.

No vote. No policy.

Chairman Chuck Badger made an honest mistake when he claimed that the board approved a policy that bars FAMU’s interim leader from applying for the permanent presidency. He needs to step up acknowledge the fact that he gave inaccurate information to the public. But that’s a topic for another editorial.

Today’s editorial is a plea for Rattlers to wake up and come to terms with reality. Larry Robinson is not going to submit an application to become the 11th president of FAMU.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Tallahassee Democrat editorial: Robinson should be FAMU’s 11th president

On Sunday, the Tallahassee Democrat’s editorial board urged the FAMU Board of Trustees to change Larry Robinson’s title from interim president to permanent president.

Even though the editorial board said that board members should pass “a motion allowing Dr. Robinson to apply for the position,” such a motion isn’t necessary. The board’s own records show that FAMU trustees never voted to restrict Robinson from being appointed to serve as the university’s 11th president.

From the editorial: “Robinson should be FAMU's next president”

Florida A&M University’s board of trustees has set an ambitious goal of naming the university’s 11th president by Jan. 9, the same week that classes begin for the spring semester.

It is hard to believe that the search will uncover a more qualified candidate than Larry Robinson who has served as interim president at FAMU for the past 18 months.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

SACS satisfied with FAMU’s progress, lifts university’s probationary status

Earlier today, at its annual meeting in Atlanta, Ga., the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) lifted the 12-month probation status placed upon FAMU in December 2012. No further reports are required from the university.

“We are extremely pleased with the decision by SACSCOC to remove the probation sanction, which signifies that Florida A&M University is in compliance with the standards of the regional accrediting body,” said FAMU Interim President Larry Robinson. “As a member institution of SACSCOC, we fully appreciate the peer review process and we are committed to continuing the work needed to maintain the high standards of the commission.”  

Monday, November 25, 2013

FAMU strikes blow against culture of hazing with safe Marching 100 season

The culture of hazing that has plagued the FAMU student body for years won’t disappear overnight, but the university scored a critical victory against it during the 2013 marching band season.

FAMU’s Marching 100 is done with its football halftime performance schedule for this school year. There were no reported incidents of hazing.

Former FAMU President James H. Ammons suspended the 100 in November, 2011 following the hazing death of drum major Robert Champion, Jr. According to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, Champion “willingly participated” in a violent, unauthorized pledging ritual aboard a parked bus after that year’s Florida Classic in Orlando.

At Ammons’s request, the FAMU Board of Trustees approved a new comprehensive Anti-Hazing Plan. It introduced new band regulations that included a four-year cap on the number of years a student can participate in music department bands, a requirement that all band members be enrolled full-time at FAMU, and a ban on practices that are not supervised by music department staff.

Thursday, October 03, 2013

FAMU presents more than $1M in scholarships to Atlanta high school students

FAMU presented $1,026,584 in scholarships to Atlanta area students on Friday, Sept. 27 during its President’s Tour.

During the recruitment fair, which was held at the Hyatt Regency-Atlanta, interested students had the opportunity to meet with recruiters from various colleges, schools and departments, and receive one-on-one assistance.

“I love that FAMU came to Atlanta to recruit,” said Zakiya Abdullah, who plans to study physical therapy at FAMU next fall. “I was one of the first people at my high school to have my permission slip signed to attend the event.  I’ve heard so many great things about FAMU.”

There were performances by the theatrical company, “FAMU Connection,” and appearances by the FAMU Royal Court, presidential ambassadors and university administrators.

Sunday, September 01, 2013

Marching 100’s Orlando trip continues without any safety problems

Sylvester Young, FAMU’s director of bands, delayed the Marching 100’s departure from Tallahassee for two hours on Friday as he and other university officials double-checked the eligibility status of each band member. Staffers verified that each student who boarded one of the buses met the enrollment and GPA standards required for participation.

The five buses carrying 146 band members, Young’s assistants, and chaperones then finally left the state’s capital city and headed toward their destination in Orlando.

Saturday morning, the Marching 100 was up bright and early to appear at the MEAC/SWAC pep rally in Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. It kicked off its performance with the 20th Century Fox theme song. FAMU Interim President Larry Robinson then took the stage to offer words of encouragement to the band students who will be seen by an ESPN audience of millions this weekend.

Robinson, Marching 100 thrill fans in Disney’s Magic Kingdom

Thursday, August 29, 2013

FAMU moves 2,381 students into campus dormitories

Last week, FAMU began the process of moving thousands of new students into its on-campus housing facilities. University officials expect a total of 2,381 young men and women to call a campus dormitory or apartment home during Fall 2013.

On Wednesday, Interim President Larry Robinson personally welcomed many of the new Rattlers and helped them move in.

“This is hard work,” Robinson told WCTV-6. “It’s helped by the fact that we have so many other generous volunteers within our student body and our staff who are altogether making this possible.”

Thursday, July 18, 2013

FAMU board took step toward cleaning up its reputation by permitting flexibility on Robinson’s appointment

Every presidential search conducted by the FAMU Board of Trustees has been a dirty process. Between 2001 and 2007, the core conflict always came down to a tug-of-war between the FAMUans who wanted a research-oriented president with a backbone versus those determined to pick a weak president who Jeb Bush’s top cronies could easily control.

The latter group won in 2002 and 2005 in the wake of under-the-table dealing and smear campaigns against high-quality candidates. They came just one vote short of winning again in 2007.

Jeb is long gone, but Rick Scott has gotten the band back together by using many retreads from the Bush years to try and take over Lee Hall. Today, the go-to persons for the governor’s office’s bullying against FAMU include Frank Brogan (Jeb’s one-time lieutenant governor), Dean Colson (a Jeb appointee to the Commission on Ethics and Judicial Nominating Commission) and Rufus Montgomery (field director for African American outreach in Jeb’s 1998 gubernatorial campaign).

That is why it was encouraging to see the FAMU board establish a safeguard against the outside pressure to tap a spineless, submissive president. For the first time since its creation in 2001, the board declined to vote to restrict the interim president from being considered for the permanent position.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Tallahassee Democrat, Orlando Sentinel express confidence in Sylvester Young

Last week, two Florida editorial boards gave strong votes of confidence to Sylvester Young, FAMU’s new director of bands. They applauded Interim President Larry Robinson for selecting an experienced music professor and a tough disciplinarian to rebuild the Marching 100.

“Dr. Robinson deserves credit for taking charge of the situation and taking the appropriate steps to hire additional staff to help oversee band operations,” the Tallahassee Democrat editorial board wrote. “By hiring Mr. Young he is bringing in a seasoned, no-nonsense musician and band director who has experienced a successful career in directing and managing marching bands.”

The Orlando Sentinel editorial board also praised Young’s return to The Hill.

“Hiring Sylvester Young as the new band director is another plus,” the Sentinel editorial board wrote. “He’s a FAMU alumnus and former Marching 100 trombone player. He’s a strong leader who’s led bands at two other historically black universities. He understands the culture of hazing and his vital role in putting an end to it.”

Thursday, June 27, 2013

FAMU lifts band suspension, hasn’t set date for 100’s return to public performances

FAMU Interim President Larry Robinson announced at a press conference today that he has lifted the suspension on the Marching “100,” highlighting the sweeping changes the university has implemented during the past year and a half to address hazing.

“When considering all of the measures we have put in place, I believe this constitutes us having the right conditions,” said Robinson. “Our newly appointed Director of Marching and Pep Bands, Dr. Sylvester Young, will decide when the band is ready for public performances.”

Robinson went on to list the new policies FAMU has implemented as part of its new comprehensive anti-hazing plan. The university has: