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

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Carter gets big pat on the back from Scott after publicly mocking FAMU alumni lawmakers

Former Board of Governors (BOG) member Matthew Carter II has received a big pat on the back from Gov. Rick Scott after loudly scolding Florida A&M University alumni lawmakers who expressed concern about their alma mater in August.

On December 18, Scott appointed Carter to the FAMU Board of Trustees (BOT). There’s already talk in Tallahassee that moving Carter from the BOG to FAMU is part of an effort to fast-track him into the FAMU chairmanship in time for a likely presidential search in the upcoming months. June 30, 2016 is the deadline for a discussion on whether President Elmira Mangum’s employment will be renewed. She began a three-year contract on April 1, 2014.

Carter’s former colleagues on the BOG can create a vacancy in the FAMU chairmanship as soon as they get ready. Current Chairman Cleve Warren’s term expired more than a year ago on January 6, 2015.

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

2010: Carter ousted as chairman of scandal-plagued Florida Public Service Commission

Back in 2009, Matthew Carter, II was denied reappointment to the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) amid reported suspicions that the agency was inappropriately close to the private utility companies that it had a duty to regulate.

Carter, who was the sitting PSC chairman at the time and was seeking another term, had issued a press release weeks earlier saying he took “great offense” at the suggestion that he and the other commissioners were “too cozy with regulated industries, [Florida Power & Light Co.] in particular.”

Sunday, January 31, 2016

UF’s trustee page fully updated, FAMU’s still doesn’t include Dortch and Reed

The University of Florida has fully updated its Board of Trustees webpage to include the new appointee who was selected by the Florida Board of Governors (BOG) on January 21. But the Florida A&M University Trustee Directory at the time of this posting still doesn’t include the two new trustees who the BOG appointed on the same day.

Marsha Powers, who the BOG appointed to the UF Board of Trustees at its meeting earlier this month, is now listed on the UF BOT webpage. The BOG also appointed Thomas Dortch Jr. and Craig Reed to the FAMU BOT at the same meeting, but their names and biographies are still missing from the online FAMU Trustee Directory.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Mangum administration continues its laziness with FAMU Trustee Directory updates

FAMU Trustee Directory on January 30, 2016 (FAMU.edu)
Back on January 21, the Florida Board of Governors (BOG) appointed Thomas Dortch Jr. and Craig Reed to the Florida A&M University Board of Trustees (BOT). But you wouldn’t know that by looking at the FAMU.edu Trustee Directory because as of the time of this blog posting, President Elmira Mangum’s administration still hasn’t updated that webpage to include them.

Dortch and Reed are still nowhere to be found on the online directory. The problem can’t be that the FAMU administration doesn’t have access to the official appointment announcements or the new trustees’ biographies because the BOG posted that information in a press release on its website the day after it made their selections official.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Still no detailed answers from Scott, BOG about 50% reduction of FAMU alumni on BOT

Neither Gov. Rick Scott nor the Florida Board of Governors (BOG) has released a detailed explanation for the recent decision to cut the number of Florida A&M alumni in the school’s appointed Board of Trustees (BOT) seats down by half. 

FAMU alumni currently only have three of the 11 appointed seats on their alma mater’s BOT, down from six last year. But Scott and the BOG have opted to continue to let alumni of the University of Florida and Florida State hold ten of the 11 appointed seats on their respective BOTs.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Good riddance! Karl White finally off FAMU Board of Trustees

Florida A&M University no longer has the public embarrassment of Karl White’s presence on its Board of Trustees. Last week, the Florida Board of Governors announced that it had replaced White, who was originally appointed in 2007.

FAMU trustees should be individuals with outstanding professional records and proven leadership skills. But White represented the opposite of that.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

BOG dodges WCTV question about how many FAMU alumni applied for BOT vacancies

Mori Hosseini, chair of BOG Nomination and Governance Committee
On Thursday, the Florida Board of Governors (BOG) dodged a question from WCTV CBS 6 about how many alumni of Florida A&M University applied for vacant seats on their alma mater’s Board of Trustees (BOT).

“There were 32 applicants for these latest positions for the FAMU Board. The B.O.G. could not say offhand how many were graduates of FAMU,” WCTV-6 reported.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Clark says small number of alumni on FAMU Board of Trustees unacceptable

At both the University of Florida and Florida State University, alumni have ten of the 11 appointed seats on the respective Boards of Trustees. But FAMU alumni only have three of the 11 appointed seats on their alma mater’s Board of Trustees (BOT), down from six last year.

Lt. Col. Gregory L. Clark, the newly elected president of the Florida A&M University National Alumni Association (NAA), is speaking out against that different treatment of FAMU. According to WCTV-6, Clark “says the lower number of alumni on the board does not mirror other universities in the state system.”

“We have a lot of talented graduates from FAMU,” Clark said in an interview with the TV station. “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.”

Thursday, January 21, 2016

BOG committee recommends Dortch, Reed for FAMU Board of Trustees

Thomas W. Dortch, Jr. and Craig Reed
Yesterday, the Nomination and Governance Committee of the Florida Board of Governors (BOG) recommended candidates for two of the three the vacant BOG-appointed seats on the Florida A&M University Board of Trustees.

One is Thomas W. Dortch, Jr., chairman and chief executive officer of TWD, Inc. He holds a B.A. in sociology and pre-professional social work from Fort Valley State University (1972) an M.A. in criminal justice administration from Clark-Atlanta University (1986).

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Alumni lawmakers silent as Tripp co-leads BOG selection process for 3 FAMU BOT seats

The FAMU alumni in the Florida Legislature are continuing to give the Florida Board of Governors (BOG) a pass on its treatment of their alma mater. They are currently remaining silent as Norman Tripp, one of the last individuals who should have anything to do with choosing leaders for FAMU, is serving on the BOG subcommittee that vets candidates for the FAMU Board of Trustees (BOT).

Tripp is one of the two members of the FAMU Subcommittee of the BOG Nomination and Governance Committee. The other is Mori Hosseini. They have been reviewing applications and nominations for three vacancies on the FAMU BOT now that Spurgeon McWilliams has resigned and the terms of Cleve Warren and Karl White have expired.

The three FAMU BOT vacancies are on the agenda for the BOG meeting that will take place today and tomorrow at Florida State University.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Alumni lawmakers still ignoring decision to reduce FAMU alumni to minority in appointed BOT seats

Florida A&M University has gone from having six of the 11 appointed seats on its Board of Trustees filled by alumni in 2015 to now only three. At both the University of Florida and Florida State University, alumni have ten of the 11 appointed seats.

But the alumni lawmakers of FAMU still haven’t publicly taken Gov. Rick Scott or the Florida Board of Governors (BOG) to task for this.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Mangum claims she “didn’t notice” comments Woody wrote about garage in her evaluation

Back on July 8, FAMU Trustee Robert Woody submitted an individual evaluation of President Elmira Mangum that expressed his concern about a garage project he said took place at the on-campus presidential residence without the approval of the Board of Trustees (BOT). But Mangum did not give the BOT a formal, written response to the issue until more than three months later.

“An example of her failure to communicate with the Board is on the renovation of the garage at the President’s House. This renovation cost was approximately $77,000 which the President did not present to the Board resulted in a failure to receive approval for the project,” Woody wrote in his evaluation of the president for 2014-2015.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Four FAMU BOT members’ terms have expired

The terms of four sitting trustees at Florida A&M University have expired.

Those trustees are: Kelvin Lawson, Belinda Shannon, Cleve Warren, and Karl White. The Board of Trustees (BOT) also has a seat that has been vacant ever since Spurgeon McWilliams stepped down on Oct. 28.

The appointment decisions that Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Board of Governors (BOG) make will carry high stakes for FAMU President Elmira Mangum. June 30, 2016 is the deadline for a discussion on whether Mangum’s employment will be renewed. She began a three-year contract on April 1, 2014.

Monday, January 04, 2016

BOG should replace Karl White with someone who has a better professional record

At both the University of Florida and Florida State University, alumni hold ten of the 11 appointed seats on the Boards of Trustees. Those alumni come from the best of the best of each schools’ graduates. The names of numerous wealthy business leaders, prominent attorneys, and influential politicians appear on UF and FSU’s trustee directories.

Florida A&M has many alumni who’ve been just as successful in their careers and would love to receive an appointment to serve on university’s Board of Trustees. But the Florida Governor’s Office and Florida Board of Governors (BOG) have declined to let FAMU alumni hold the majority of seats on the FAMU board.

Florida governors and the BOG have regularly rebuffed the best-accomplished FAMU alumni in order to give the university low-quality appointees like Karl White, whose term ends on January 6, 2016.  

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Roberts debates Criser on engineering college as FAMU alumni lawmakers keep silent

The FAMU alumni in the Florida Legislature have kept silent about the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering (COE) ever since FAMU lost control of the $12.9 million budget this year. Some of the loudest alumni voices who have called for that loss to be challenged have been FAMU retirees such as former President Walter Smith, former President Frederick S. Humphries, and current National Alumni Association President Tommy Mitchell, Sr.

Willie Roberts, a retired FAMU mathematics professor, has also stepped up to the plate by publicly debating Florida Board of Governors Chancellor Marshall Criser, III on what has happened to the engineering college as the alumni lawmakers have continued to avoid the issue.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Alumni lawmakers letting Scott, BOG, and Thrasher run over FAMU

In 2015, FAMU lost control of a multi-million dollar college budget after 28 years and saw its alumni become a minority in the 11 appointed university Board of Trustees seats.

If any of those things had happened to the University of Florida, Florida State University, or the University of South Florida, their alumni lawmakers would be up in arms. But the FAMU alumni in the Florida Legislature have remained quiet about these attacks against the university.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

FAMU deserves to have alumni in most of its 11 appointed BOT seats just like UF, FSU, and USF

Gov. Rick Scott and BOG Chairman Thomas Kuntz
Currently, only three of the 11 appointed seats on the FAMU Board of Trustees are filled by alumni. At both the University of Florida and Florida State University, alumni have ten of the 11 appointed seats.

Alumni of the University of South Florida have eight of the 11 appointed seats on its Board of Trustees.

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

FAMU deserves to have most of its 11 appointed BOT seats filled by alumni just as much as UF, FSU, and USF do.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

FAMU only has 3 appointed alumni trustees, UF has 10

Gov. Rick Scott speaks before the Board of Governors
The Florida Governor’s Office and Board of Governors (BOG) have treated the state’s two land-grant universities very differently when it comes to appointing alumni trustees. 

The governor’s office and BOG have appointed ten alumni to the Board of Trustees at the University of Florida. But they have only appointed three alumni to the Board of Trustees at Florida A&M, the only public historically black university in the state.  

Friday, December 18, 2015

Scott appoints three to FAMU Board of Trustees

(L-R) Matthew Carter, David Lawrence, Jr., and Gary McCoy
Today, Gov. Rick Scott announced three appointments to the Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University Board of Trustees.

Thursday, December 03, 2015

Rufus Montgomery steps down from FAMU Board of Trustees

Today, Associated Press reporter Gary Fineout broke the news that Rufus Montgomery had stepped down from the FAMU Board of Trustees (BOT).

Florida Times-Union reporter Tia Mitchell later posted the letter of resignation that Rufus sent to the Gov. Rick Scott, today. 

“It has been my esteemed pleasure to serve my alma mater in this capacity and I wish the best for Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University,” he told Scott.