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

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Florida Times-Union: Robinson’s appointment a strong choice to move FAMU in right direction

Yesterday, the Florida Times-Union editorial board said that the appointment of Larry Robinson as interim president at Florida A&M University is a positive step toward moving the school in the right direction.

From “FAMU seems to be getting back on track”:

…In the aftermath of [former President Elmira Magnum’s] negotiated departure from the school, there is a fresh opportunity for FAMU to unify as an academic family.

And the university must seize and capitalize on the moment.

There are good signs that is happening. The university has named Larry Robinson, a renowned chemist and longtime FAMU professor, as its interim president.

Friday, November 04, 2016

BOG “confirms” Robinson’s appointment

Yesterday afternoon, the Florida Board of Governors (BOG) voted to approve Larry Robinson’s appointment as interim president of Florida A&M University.

The BOG’s policy of “confirming” the presidential selections of public university boards of trustees has a controversial past. Back in 2009, state Sen. Don Gaetz (R-Niceville) introduced a bill that clarified the fact that only university trustees had power to appoint and supervise the chief executives of their respective schools. It was widely seen as a rebuff of the BOG’s attempt to gain more control over presidential hiring and evaluation decisions.

Gaetz’s bill passed in both the Florida Senate and House of Representatives. It had the support of FAMU advocates such as then-Sen. Al Lawson. Gov. Charlie Crist signed it into law on June 23, 2009.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

FAMU leads $15.4M consortium on Coastal and Marine Ecosystems

Earlier this week, Florida A&M University (FAMU) announced the receipt of a $15.4 million award over five years from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Educational Partnership Program (EPP) to establish the Center for Coastal and Marine Ecosystems (CCME).  The new award will allow the FAMU-led partnership to make profound national impacts on coastal and marine ecosystems education, science, and policy. The full suite of academic partners include: 
  • Bethune-Cookman University
  • California State University – Monterey Bay
  • Jackson State University
  • Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi
  • University of Texas – Rio Grande Valley
The award was made after a national competition with rigorous criteria established by the NOAA EPP.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Most FAMU “excellence” areas for performance-funding came from Robinson, Wright's year

Earlier this year, the administration of then-President Elmira Mangum 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.

Larry Robinson and Rodner Wright’s names weren’t mentioned even though most of the “marks of excellence” FAMU received were based on data or work from the 2013-2014 year.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Mangum goes on administrative leave, Robinson appointed interim president

FAMU President Elmira Mangum has gone on administrative leave today as a result of the terms of an agreement between her and the Board of Trustees. The leave will continue through the remainder of her contract, which will expire on April 1, 2017.

The FAMU Board of Trustees (BOT) approved the agreement today with a 10-1 vote.

The “yea” votes came from Matt Carter, Thomas Dortch, Faculty Senate President Bettye A. Grable, David Lawrence, Chair Kelvin Lawson, Gary McCoy, Vice-Chair Kimberly Moore, Belvin Perry, Nicole Washington, and Robert Woody.

One “no” vote came from “Interim” Student Body President Jaylen Smith.

Harold Mills and Craig Reed did not vote.

The BOT unanimously voted to appoint FAMU Professor Larry Robinson to serve as interim president. Robinson previously served as director of the FAMU Environmental Sciences Institute, provost, and interim president.   

Sunday, June 05, 2016

Petition ignores fact that Robinson signed off on USDA land transfer before Mangum arrived

A petition by the anonymous “Rattlers4FAMU Real Rattlers” wrongly gives FAMU President Elmira Mangum all of the credit for the transfer of federal land in Brooksville, Fla. to the university.

“Dr. Mangum's leadership ensured the transfer of nearly 400 acres from the United States Department of Agriculture to FAMU- the largest transfer ever to an HBCU,” the petition says.

The petition, which asks the FAMU Board of Trustees to grant Mangum a contract extension, is incorrect about the amount of federal land that was transferred to the university. It was 3,800 acres, not 400 acres.

“Rattlers4FAMU Real Rattlers” also ignored the fact that the transfer agreement was signed before Mangum even came to FAMU.

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.