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

Monday, June 29, 2015

2007: FAMU trustees rebuff Castell’s decision to support shift of COE fiscal agent duties to FSU

Back in 2007, the FAMU Board of Trustees took action after the interim president chose to go along with a change that was inconsistent with a university policy.

FAMU’s policy for the past 28 years has been that it wants to serve as the fiscal agent/budget manager of the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering (COE). That was established by a 1987 agreement between FAMU and FSU that received the approval of the Board of Regents, which was the policy-making body for both of the universities at the time. The FAMU Board of Trustees adopted that policy when the Florida law made it the new policy-making body for the university in 2001.

But six years later, Interim President Castell V. Bryant said she had no problem with a legislative plan to transfer the COE fiscal agent/budget manager duties from FAMU to FSU. A Tallahassee Democrat article from March 30, 2007 stated that “after discussing it with [FSU President T.K. Wetherell], she said she was fine with the change.”

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Rufus placing FAMU in danger with his disrespectful attitude toward SACS

Out of all the complaints Rufus Montgomery has brought up against Elmira Mangum since her hiring, one of his biggest has been about her decision to seek advisement from the Southern Association of Colleges of Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) before a major university decision last year. His disrespectful attitude toward FAMU’s regional accrediting organization is placing the university in danger.

Back on November 7, 2014, the FAMU Board of Trustees Athletics Oversight Committee voted to recommend that the full Board of Trustees pass a policy requiring two trustees to be appointed to the advisory committee. The motion did not state any intention to restrict the two trustees from being voting members.

Mangum told the committee she thought that proposal was inappropriate. She then went to SACSCOC President Belle Wheelan and asked if what the committee had requested was consistent with the accrediting organization’s rules. Wheelan informed her that trustees may only serve as nonvoting members of search committees for positions that work under the president.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Rufus defends his treatment of Mangum amid calls for BOG inquiry

Yesterday, FAMU Board of Trustees Chairman Rufus Montgomery publicly defended his treatment of President Elmira Mangum since her hiring last year. The comments came after a group of FAMU alumni in the Florida Legislature said his interactions with her “are bordering dangerously close to bullying.”

“As the leader, I take responsibility for any valid criticisms for any decisions that the board makes,” Rufus said in an interview with WCTV-6. “But, in this case, we’ve yet to hear anyone successfully challenge the facts that were presented at the board meeting in question.”

At a June 10 board meeting, Rufus and other trustees blasted Mangum for allegedly failing to properly communicate with them and making other administrative decisions they felt were questionable.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Turnbull leaves FAMU Board of Trustees

Marjorie Turnbull has quietly left the FAMU Board of Trustees. The Board of Governors (BOG) appointed her in 2009 for a term that ended on January 6, 2015.

Turnbull had the option of either seeking reappointment or continuing to serve until her replacement was selected by the BOG. But she appears to have chosen to go ahead and part ways with the board.

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Rufus elected chairman of FAMU Board of Trustees, Lawson wins vice-chairmanship

FAMU Trustees Rufus Montgomery, Kimberly Moore, and Kelvin Lawson
As widely expected, Rufus Montgomery easily won the chairmanship of the FAMU Board of Trustees, yesterday. He picked up nine votes in the election. Four votes went to opposing candidate Cleve Warren.  

Montgomery is president and CEO of The Cascon Group and a partner with CurtMont Global. He holds both a master of applied social science and bachelor of science from FAMU. Gov. Rick Scott originally appointed him to the board on March 23, 2011 for a term that will expire on January 6, 2016.

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

FAMU trustees need to seek answers about new budget entity for FAMU-FSU engineering

The FAMU Board of Trustees is scheduled to meet at 1:00 p.m. today. The only major item on the agenda is the election of officers. Before the board adjourns, it needs to ask some important questions about what is happening to the legislative appropriations for the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering.

Back on February 19, the Florida Board of Governors (BOG) voted to seek a "new budget entity" for the funds that the Florida Legislature designates for the college. It went ahead with that decision even though the FAMU Board of Trustees had not taken a vote to support any changes to the program.

On that day, FSU President John Thrasher told WCTV-6 that the BOG plan “creates a new opportunity for governance of the school as well as trying to isolate and put into a separate fund the resources that we get for the joint college.”

But despite what Thrasher said in February, the new budget entity does not have all of the operating funds that the College of Engineering received in 2014.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Scott selects Woody to replace Badger on FAMU Board of Trustees

As expected for months, Gov. Rick Scott has given FAMU Board of Trustees Chairman Solomon L. Badger, III the boot.

Yesterday, Scott announced Robert Woody as Badger’s replacement on the FAMU board. If confirmed by the Florida Senate, Woody will serve until January 6, 2020.

Back in February, Scott also reappointed Woody to the Santa Fe College District Board of Trustees for term ending May 31, 2018. According to the Tallahassee Democrat, a Scott spokesman said Woody will serve as a board member at both FAMU and Santa Fe if senators confirm both of his appointments.

Woody, 61, of Gainesville, is a retired deputy secretary of the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the State University at Oneonta.

Badger was first appointed to a three-year term on the board by former Gov. Charlie Crist in 2007. Crist then reappointed him in 2010. He was elected chairman of the board 2011 and then reelected in 2013.

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

“New budget entity” for College of Engineering a bad idea with Thrasher at FSU

The $10.9M operations budget for the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering could be permanently removed from FAMU’s general revenue appropriation this legislative session unless the university’s Board of Trustees acts to stop it from happening.

FAMU currently receives the annual $10.9M legislative appropriation that pays for the maintenance needs and plant operations of the College of Engineering in its general revenue funds. That money also pays the salaries of 23 FAMU professors and 27 Florida State University professors. FSU receives a separate appropriation of $5M in its general revenue budget that pays for another 36 professors. A report by the Capital News Service stated that the Florida Board of Governors (BOG) wants to change this so that “funding from lawmakers will go directly to the school instead of both universities.”

On Thursday, February 19, the BOG voted to approve a proposal entitled “Commitment to Guiding Principles and a Plan of Action for the FAMU-FSU Joint College of Engineering.” It states that: “The creation of a new budget entity for the Joint College will be pursued during the 2015 legislative session, to include all operating funds for the Joint College, including the appropriate amount of plant operation and maintenance funds.”

Sunday, January 04, 2015

Three FAMU trustees’ terms set to expire

The terms of three FAMU trustees will expire on January 6, 2015, the date of the Florida gubernatorial inauguration.

Solomon “Chuck” Badger, III, Torey Alston, and Marjorie Turnbull’s appointments will all end on that Tuesday. If they are not re-appointed, they will continue to serve until their replacements are named.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Mangum to add two trustees as nonvoting members of football coach search advisory committee

FAMU President Elmira Mangum will add two university trustees to the advisory committee for the head football coach search. They will serve as nonvoting members.

Back on Friday, Nov. 7, the trustees Athletics Oversight Committee voted to recommend that the full Board of Trustees pass a policy requiring two trustees to be appointed to the advisory committee. The motion did not state any intention to restrict the two trustees from being voting members. According to WCTV-6, Mangum told the committee that she thought that proposal was inappropriate.

But during the Monday conference call for the full board, Athletics Oversight Committee Chairman Kelvin Lawson said that Mangum had agreed to give the trustees nonvoting representation on the committee after consulting with Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) President Belle Wheelan.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

AD Kellen Winslow receives 6-3 “no confidence” vote from FAMU Board of Trustees

On Monday, the FAMU Board of Trustees voted 6-3 to approve the Athletics Oversight Committee’s recommendation for a motion expressing “no confidence” in Athletics Director Kellen Winslow, Sr.

Kelvin Lawson, chairman of the Athletics Oversight that gave Winslow a 3-0 “no confidence” vote on Nov. 7, introduced the motion. Torey Alston, another member of the committee, seconded it.

Lawson, Alston, Student Body President Tonnette Graham (another member of the Athletics Oversight Committee), Board Chairman Chuck Badger, Vice-Chairman Rufus Montgomery, and Spurgeon McWilliams all voted in favor of the motion. The “no” votes came from Belinda Shannon, Faculty Senate President Bettye Grable, and Lucas Boyce.

Kimberly Moore, Marjorie Turnbull, Cleve Warren, and Karl White did not take part in the conference call. Moore previously stated that she disagreed with the Athletics Oversight Committee’s decision to hold a “no confidence” vote.

Saturday, November 08, 2014

Embattled AD gets “no confidence" vote from BOT Committee

Trustee Kelvin Lawson
The FAMU Board of Trustees Athletics Oversight Committee, yesterday, took the unusual step of approving a motion declaring that it had “no confidence” in Athletic Director Kellen Winslow's ability to perform his duties. The newly formed committee, chaired by Kelvin Lawson, includes Torey Alston and Student Body President Tonnette Graham.

“I think it’s a systemic issue in how Mr. Winslow has engaged or not engaged alumni and supporters. I think he has shown a blatant disrespect for the FAMU tradition,” Lawson said in an interview with the Tallahassee Democrat. “I think it’s behavior the board can no longer condone.”

It is somewhat bizarre for a university board of trustees committee to make such a move. “No confidence” votes in university officials usually come from faculty senates.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Scott appoints Lucas Boyce to FAMU Board of Trustees

Yesterday, Gov. Rick Scott announced the appointment of Lucas Boyce to the FAMU Board of Trustees.

Boyce, 35, of Orlando, is the director of business development and legislative affairs for the Orlando Magic. He currently serves as a member of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute and the Orange County Library Board of Trustees.

Boyce received his bachelor’s degree from University of Central Missouri and his master’s degree from Rollins College. He fills a seat that has been vacant since the resignation of Glen Gilzean in March.

Scott has appointed Boyce to a term of approximately three and a half years that will end on January 6, 2018.

The appointment is subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Carroll: “I gave [Rick Scott] 100 percent of my loyalty” only to be “betrayed”

FAMU honors Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll for keynoting its 2012 Black History Month Convocation
Last year, a Rattler Nation editorial remarked that Jennifer Carroll’s resignation as lieutenant governor was “just another example of how [Gov. Rick Scott] requires 100 percent loyalty from his appointees while demanding that they expect none in return.”

The editorial added that: “She defended his integrity when questions were raised about his embarrassing financial past as the head of Columbia/HCA. Scott rewarded Carroll’s loyalty by kicking her to the curb in the wake of an alleged scam that pales in comparison to the one that led to his exit from the health care company he ran years ago.”

It looks like there’s someone else who shares this view: Jennifer Carroll.

Carroll opened up about her years as lieutenant governor in a May radio interview.

“I gave him 100 percent of my loyalty, even though we didn’t know each other prior to running, and he had his issues with HCA and Medicaid fraud,” she said. “I never asked him a question about that. Never.”

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Boston Globe columnist: Karl White “sounds like an unsuccessful salesman with a phony title”

Months ago, the Boston Globe reported that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had questioned Karl E. White as part of a probe into what’s being described as a possible Ponzi scheme. He recommended an investment fund to his former employer, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, that went belly up. The MBTA has now lost the entire $25M that it gave White to invest.

According to the Globe: “White said he does not know what happened to the MBTA’s money after he left Fletcher in November 2008. But even before that, White said, he never checked to see how the investments were doing. Though he held the title of investment chief, White said he was not in charge of managing the money.”

Globe columnist Steven Syre responded to White’s account by saying that “White sounds like an unsuccessful salesman with a phony title.” From his opinion column:

If you get close enough, the MBTA’s pension fund will remind your eyes and nose of a Florida swamp. You’re pretty sure there’s nasty stuff down there, but it’s hard to see until something pops out of the muck directly in front of you.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Gilzean steps down from FAMU Board of Trustees


Glen Gilzean, a 33 year-old Tampa resident, has stepped down from the FAMU Board of Trustees yesterday after serving just over a year.

Gov. Rick Scott originally appointed Gilzean to a term that ran from March 14, 2013 until January 6, 2018. According to the Tampa Bay Times, “On Tuesday, a Senate panel was supposed to confirm Gilzean's nomination to the FAMU Board of Trustees. That decision was delayed.”

Gilzean wrote Scott and explained: “I had foreseen no conflict between participation on FAMU’s board and my work as Vice-President of Advocacy and Outreach for the nonprofit Step Up For Students. But as the Legislature this year considers a bill strengthening the Tax Credit Scholarship for low-income students, a question has been raised about whether I should be formally registered as a lobbyist in order to advocate on behalf of these children. I have decided to err on the side of caution and to register, which, according to the statute, prevents me from serving as a trustee.”

The Senate had previously declined to schedule a confirmation hearing for Gilzean during the 2013 session. Scott reappointed him in May, 2013.

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.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Mangum accepts FAMU’s contract offer, will begin April 1

Elmira Mangum is ready to put her signature on FAMU’s contract offer and report to work on April 1, 2014.

“We are pleased that we have approved the terms of the presidential contract and in speaking with Dr. Elmira Mangum tonight, she has agreed to accept the terms in the updated contract,” FAMU Board of Trustees Chairman Solomon Badger, III, said in written statement. “We look forward to our meeting with the Board of Governors on February 20 to confirm her appointment.”

On Thursday afternoon, FAMU trustees narrowly approved an employment agreement that met all of the major requests that Mangum made.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Mangum and FAMU trustees at odds over car package, post-presidential pay

The tug-of-war between the FAMU Board of Trustees and Elmira Mangum continues.

The Tallahassee Democrat reports that Mangum, who the board voted to hire as the FAMU’s 11th president last month, wants the trustees to leave her proposed post-presidential salary alone. She and Chairman Chuck Badger originally negotiated a deal that would let her keep 90 percent of her presidential salary once she leaves office and begins teaching in the College of Education.  That would be $382,500 with the $425,000 base salary that the board has agreed to pay her.

But last week, the trustees voted to reduce her post-presidential pay to 75 percent, or $318,750.

At that same teleconference, the board also threw out a proposed $1,000 car allowance for Mangum. Mangum is now asking the FAMU trustees to provide her with a car.

The FAMU Board of Trustees will meet today to consider Mangum’s requests. If it refuses, then the negotiations might end with an impasse.  

Saturday, February 08, 2014

Trustees agree to pay Mangum $425,000

The proposed $425,000 starting salary for FAMU President-designate Elmira Mangum remained a major point of division among university trustees on Friday. But board members narrowly approved the amount with a 7-5 vote.

Glen Gilzean Jr., Rufus Montgomery, Kimberly Moore, Kelvin Lawson, and Spurgeon McWilliams were the five trustees who supported an unsuccessful motion to reduce Mangum’s first-year pay to $385,000.

Mangum’s $425,000 starting salary will be $100,000 more than her predecessor James Ammons made when he began in 2007.

According to the Tampa Bay Times, board members also made the following two changes: