Showing posts with label Trustees. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Trustees. Show all posts

Thursday, August 03, 2017

Scott, governor’s race candidates remain quiet on small number of alumni on FAMU BOT

It’s been more than a year and a half since the Florida A&M University (FAMU) National Alumni Association (NAA) publicly spoke out about the small number of alumni on the school’s Board of Trustees (BOT).

At that time, alumni only held three of the 11 appointed seats on the BOT, down from six the previous year. Now, there are only two appointed alumni trustees at FAMU. But at both the University of Florida and Florida State University, alumni hold the majority of the 11 appointed seats.

“We have a lot of talented graduates from FAMU,” FAMU NAA President Gregory L. Clark said in a 2016 interview with WCTV-6. “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.”

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

McCoy steps down from FAMU BOT

Major General (Ret.) Gary McCoy has stepped down from the Florida A&M University Board of Trustees (BOT).

Yesterday, the WCTV-6 website posted the following statement that BOT Chair Kelvin Lawson released on the matter:

“It is with much regret that I announce that Florida A&M University (FAMU) Trustee Major General (Ret.) Gary McCoy has decided to resign from the FAMU Board of Trustees. The decision was made for personal reasons and reached after consultation with his family and much prayer.

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

FAMU, TSU targeted by state officials to have low alumni representation on their boards

Florida A&M University (FAMU) and Texas Southern University (TSU) share some things in common. They are both big 9,000+ student public historically black universities in two of the largest states in the country. And they have both been targeted by state officials to have low alumni representation on their policy-setting boards.

The TSU Board of Regents has nine voting members who are appointed by the governor. Only two of its members are alumni of the university. They are Marilyn A. Rose and Sarah D. Monty-Arnoni.

The University of Texas System has a Board of Regents that supervises 14 schools. Alumni of the University of Texas at Austin hold seven of the nine appointed seats. Those regents are David J. Beck, Kevin P. Eltife, R. Steven Hicks, Jeffery D. Hildebrand, Janiece Longoria, Sara Martinez Tucker, and James C. Weaver.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Alumni hold most seats on Howard BOT, only 2 alumni in appointed sets on FAMU BOT

Howard University has the biggest number of doctoral programs among all historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). Its six-year graduation rates are also strong. The overall six-year graduation rate at Howard was 61 percent in 2015. Howard’s six year graduation rate has remained above 60 percent since at least 2009. 

The university enrolled a total of 10,002 students back in Fall 2015.

Howard has had a high quality Board of Trustees (BOT) for many years. Twenty of the 30 seats (or about 66 percent) on the university’s BOT are held by alumni.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Alumni hold most seats on NCA&T BOT, only 2 alumni in appointed seats on FAMU BOT

L-R: Bertram E. Walls, Donna A. James, Toby Brodie, William A. Dudley, 
Janice Bryant Howroyd, Timothy King, and Faye Tate Williams
North Carolina A&T University is experiencing record success.

Back in 2014, NCA&T replaced Florida A&M University as the No. 1 largest single campus historically black college or university. NCA&T is also home to one of the top football programs in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. The university won the Celebration Bowl in 2015 and received an at-large bid to the National Collegiate Athletic Association Playoffs in 2016.

One asset that NCA&T has is a very strong Board of Trustees (BOT). Seven of the 12 appointed seats on the university’s BOT are held by alumni.

Monday, May 08, 2017

Florida Gov’s race: Still no promises to help restore alumni majority on FAMU BOT

L-R: Gubernatorial candidates Andrew Gillum, Gwen Graham, and Adam Putnam
On May 5, U.S. President Donald Trump released a signing statement with H.R. 244 that appeared to question the constitutionality of the Historically Black College and University (HBCU) Capital Financing Program. The statement has raised concerns about whether the administration is committed to supporting continued federal funding for HBCUs.

Florida A&M University, the only public HBCU in the state, has taken a number of attacks over the past six years from Gov. Rick Scott, a big Trump supporter. A recent one happened in 2015 when appointment decisions by Scott and the Florida Board of Governors (BOG) led to FAMU alumni being reduced to a minority on the FAMU Board of Trustees (BOT).

FAMU went from having six of the 11 appointed seats on its Board of Trustees filled by alumni in 2015 to now only two. At both the University of Florida and Florida State University, alumni hold the majority of the 11 appointed seats.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Grable wins third term as FAMU Faculty Senate president

Earlier this week, The FAMUan reported that the Florida A&M University Faculty Senate had elected Bettye A. Grable to a third term as its president. She won election to her first term in 2014 and reelection in 2015.

Grable initially joined the Faculty Senate in 2011 as a senator representing the School of Journalism & Graphic Communication. She became vice-president of the senate three years later in 2014.

A member of the journalism faculty since 2006, Grable earned tenure 2012. She received her bachelor of science in journalism from the University of Florida, her master of science in journalism from FAMU, and her Ph.D. in Mass Communication and Public Affairs from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.

As Faculty Senate president, Grable also serves as a member of the FAMU Board of Trustees.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Gov’s race prospects should be asked if they’ll help FAMU alumni regain majority on BOT

L-R: Andrew Gillum, John Morgan, Gwen Graham, Mike Huckabee, and Adam Putnam
Last year, Florida A&M University alumni became a minority in the 11 appointed university Board of Trustees (BOT) seats. Alumni hold most of the appointed seats on the BOTs at the University of Florida and Florida State University.

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

FAMU National Alumni Association (NAA) President Gregory L. Clark and past NAA President Tommy Mitchell have spoken out publicly about the problem. But so far Gov. Rick Scott and the BOG haven’t announced any intention to correct it.

Monday, December 05, 2016

Inadequate enrollment went uncorrected while Warren was chair at Profectus, FAMU

Corey Alston and Cleve Warren were two individuals with unimpressive professional records who still managed to get appointed to the FAMU Board of Trustees (BOT) due to politics. Both were also connected to serious financial controversies involving Florida charter schools.

The Obama Academy for Boys and Red Shoe Charter School for Girls co-founded by Alston closed in 2015 after Broward County Public Schools found big financial accountability problems at the institutions. The Valor Academy of Leadership and Virtue Arts and Science Academy co-founded by Warren will close on December 21 following dire financial problems found by Duval County Public Schools.

Warren is the chairman of the Profectus Learning Systems Board of Directors that runs the two Duval County-based academies, which offer single-gender middle schools and high schools. He admitted that the schools ran into trouble because they didn’t enroll enough students.

Sunday, December 04, 2016

Financial problems lead to closure of charter schools run by company Warren chairs

Four Jacksonville charter schools run by a company chaired by Cleve Warren will close on December 21 due to financial problems caused, in part, by inadequate enrollment.

Warren and other members of the Profectus Learning Systems Board of Directors, which operates the schools, announced on December 1 that they had “made the unanimous decision to surrender the schools’ charters.”

“Ultimately, it would not have been in our families’ and students’ best interests to continue operating our schools at a significant financial deficit,” Warren said.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Warren not the only ex-FAMU trustee connected to a charter school financial controversy

Cleve Warren was in the news last week when the Florida Times-Union reported that Duval County Public Schools found what it considers to be big financial problems at four charter schools run by a company that he chairs.

Warren served on the FAMU Board of Trustees (BOT) from 2012 to 2016 and was its chairman when the Florida Board of Governors declined to reappoint him. He isn’t the only former FAMU trustee who’s been part of a charter school financial controversy.  

Broward County Public Schools recently cited major financial accountability problems at the Obama Academy for Boys and Red Shoe Charter School for Girls, two charter schools that were founded by Corey Alston. Alston served as a FAMU trustee in 2006.

Monday, November 28, 2016

DCPS says charter schools run by company Cleve Warren chairs are in dire financial state

The Florida Times-Union reports that Duval County Public Schools (DCPS) has serious concerns about the financial condition of four charter schools run by Profectus Learning Systems, a company chaired by Cleve Warren. Warren is the former chairman of the FAMU Board of Trustees (BOT).

According to the newspaper:
Duval County’s four single-gender charter schools ran up $333,000 more in costs than they raised in revenues as of the end of September, which the school district says is evidence that the schools’ finances are deteriorating and are a financial emergency.

The schools — Valor Academy of Leadership, a middle and high school for boys, and Virtue Arts and Science Academy, a middle and high school for girls — have until Dec. 12 to send new financial plans to the district to prove the schools can survive, said Duval Superintendent Nikolai Vitti.

Without that, he wrote recently, he may recommend the district terminate its contracts with the schools, effectively shutting them down.

Profectus Learning Systems, the school’s non-profit operator, said it is taking measures to prevent that.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Persaud battled against interests of FAMU faculty during search for 11th president

Narayan Persaud’s faculty senate presidency was much like Mary Diallo’s. He started out as a strong advocate for FAMU professors but later threw them under the bus as he sought personal power.

Back when she was the FAMU Faculty Senate president in 2004, Diallo voted to hire an interim president who, by all measures of common sense, was not qualified to run a public, four-year university. She threw her support behind Castell V. Bryant, the former president of the Miami-Dade Community College Medical Center Campus.

Diallo seemed to relish being a part of the new interim president’s “inner circle.” But she soon learned the hard way that it was all a sham and that Castell had little respect for her or any other member of the FAMU faculty.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

"To the left, to the left": Separation agreement between FAMU and Mangum finalized

The signed exit agreement between former FAMU President Elmira Mangum and the Board of Trustees (BOT) was made final early last week

BOT members expressed frustration on September 29 in response to a report that the university hadn’t received a signed copy of the document from Mangum. An attorney for the BOT explained that Mangum had asked for some additional changes to the agreement.

But Thomas Dortch, chair of the Special Committee on President Leadership, said the BOT might pull back its offer to pay Mangum’s moving costs and legal fees if the separation agreement has to be revised. The full BOT decided to wait until October 6 before taking any further action.

A Tallahassee Democrat article later reported that Mangum chose to sign the agreement on September 28 and that FAMU received it on October 3.

Interim President Larry Robinson told WCTV-6 that the agreement was made final on October 4.  

Friday, September 30, 2016

Mangum still hasn’t signed separation agreement with FAMU

The FAMU Board of Trustees (BOT) voted 10-1 on September 15 to accept the separation agreement offered by attorneys representing then-President Elmira Mangum. But yesterday, the trustees learned that Mangum still hasn’t placed her signature on the final document.

An article by the News Service of Florida reported that Adrienne Conrad, an attorney representing the BOT “said she was ‘hopeful’ but not ‘confident’ that Mangum would sign the revised agreement shortly.” According to the article, Conrad explained that Mangum has asked for some additional changes to the agreement.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Jones quiet when Joyner backed confirmation of FAMU trustee who tried to fire Mangum

Hours before the FAMU Board of Trustees (BOT) voted to accept an exit agreement put forth by President Elmira Mangum on Thursday, state Rep. Shevrin Jones sent out a Tweet stating that he was “disappointed” with the board.

“To the FAMU BOT I am disappointed in you,” wrote Jones, a FAMU alumnus. “But God knows I still love my University. Dr. @RattlerinChief, thank you for your leadership.”
That statement came about 10 months after Jones chose to keep quiet as one of Mangum’s biggest opponents on the BOT cruised to an easy confirmation in the Florida Senate.

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.   

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

FAMU students chose Bruno to be their voice, Smith an unelected yes-man for Mangum

FAMU President Elmira Mangum has, for the most part, lost the support of the elected leadership of the university’s Faculty Senate, United Faculty of Florida (FAMU-UFF) chapter, and National Alumni Association (NAA). Students backed former Student Government Association (SGA) President Tonnette Graham’s work to hold Mangum responsible for her actions and elected her vice-president, Justin Bruno, to continue that leadership.

But the FAMU students don’t currently have an elected SGA president to represent them on the Board of Trustees (BOT) due to Mangum’s mishandling of the student elections. In April, Mangum announced that Jaylen Smith would serve as the “interim” SGA president. The FAMUan reported on April 27 that Smith, who had just elected as the Student Senate president, would be the interim SGA president because of the delay in finalizing the SGA presidential election.

Smith didn’t run for the SGA presidency in the spring when he was junior, probably because he knew he would have lost to Bruno. He’s now become the biggest yes-man on the BOT for the FAMU president who helped him get an office that he didn’t win.