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

Thursday, November 30, 2017

FAMU BOT committee recommends that Robinson become school’s permanent leader

Yesterday, the Presidential Leadership Committee of the Florida A&M University Board of Trustees (BOT) unanimously voted to recommend the appointment of Larry Robinson as school’s next permanent president.

The members of the committee are Tommy Dortch (chair), Faculty Senate President Bettye Grable, David Lawrence, Student Body President Devin Harrison, and Belvin Perry.

Perry offered the motion, which was seconded by Lawrence.

BOT Chair Kelvin Lawson said the full board will consider the recommendation at its meeting schedule for today.

“We will take it to the full board tomorrow, per the direction of this committee, and we will discuss it further and make a final decision,” Lawson said in a quote published by the News Service of Florida.

Monday, November 27, 2017

FAMU needs aggressive push to R1 status

On Thursday, November 30, the Florida A&M University Board of Trustees (BOT) will meet to discuss its options for selecting the 12th president of the school. Back on November 9, the Florida Board of Governors granted the BOT a waiver to forgo a national presidential search. It is expected that the BOT will consider Interim President Larry Robinson for the job.

One of the long-term goals for the 12th president of FAMU must be a big expansion of the university’s research activities. FAMU needs to aggressively push toward R1 status in order remain competitive in Florida and across the nation.

FAMU reached “R2: Doctoral Universities – Higher research activity” in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education in 2016. It was previously categorized at what is currently “R3: Doctoral Universities – Limited research activity.” The highest research category is “R1: Doctoral Universities – Highest research activity.”

Five of the public universities in Florida are already at R1: Florida International University, Florida State University, University of Central Florida, University of Florida, and University of South Florida.

Friday, November 10, 2017

BOG reappoints Moore to FAMU BOT

Yesterday, the Florida Board of Governors reappointed Kimberly Moore to the Florida A&M University Board of Trustees (BOT). She will begin her new term when her current term ends on January 6, 2018. Her reappointment is subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate.

Moore, who works as vice-president for workforce development at Tallahassee Community College, has served on the FAMU BOT since June 21, 2013. FAMU trustees elected her as vice-chair on June 10, 2016.  

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

FAMU BOT’s reappointment of Robinson, request for waiver of presidential search requirement on BOG agenda

Two big items on the presidency of Florida A&M University are on the agenda for the Thursday meeting of the Florida Board of Governors (BOG).

The BOG will vote on whether to confirm the reappointment of Larry Robinson as interim president and also discuss the FAMU Board of Trustees’ request for a waiver of the requirement for a national search.

Robinson began his third stint as FAMU interim president on September 15, 2016. The BOT voted on September 12, 2017 to extend his contract for one year with an expiration date of September 14, 2018.

In a letter to BOG Chair Thomas Kuntz dated September 29, 2017, FAMU BOT Chair Kelvin Lawson wrote that the trustees supported the contract extension because “continuity and stability is necessary during this period of SACS reaccreditation and the presidential search process. Therefore, the FAMU BOT has reaffirmed its confidence in Dr. Robinson’s established leadership and demonstrated commitment to direct its activities during this transition.”

BOG to decide Moore’s future as a FAMU trustee

Tomorrow, the Florida Board of Governors (BOG) will reveal its decision on the FAMU Board of Trustees (BOT) seat that will become vacant on January 6, 2018.

The seat is currently held by Kimberly Moore, who also serves as vice-chair of the FAMU BOT. The BOG originally appointed her on June 21, 2013.

Moore serves as vice-president for workforce development at Tallahassee Community College (TCC). She came to TCC in 2013 from WORKFORCE plus. Moore joined the company in 2001 and served as its CEO from 2005 until 2012.

Prior to her stint at WORKFORCE plus, Moore worked at TCC as a senior workforce development specialist.

Moore earned an associate of arts degree from TCC in 1993, a bachelor of science degree in criminal justice from Florida State University in 1995, and a master of business administration degree from Webster University in 2006.

Friday, October 06, 2017

Tallahassee gubernatorial candidates not shy about FAMU photo-ops, but quiet about small number of alumni on FAMU BOT

Adam Putnam at 2016 Spring FAMU Commencement
Three of the candidates in Florida gubernatorial race are based in Tallahassee. None of them have been shy about coming to Florida A&M University events for photo-ops and speaking about how great FAMU alumni are. But they have all been silent about the small number of alumni on the FAMU Board of Trustees (BOT).

FAMU went from having six of the 11 appointed seats on its Board of Trustees (BOT) 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.

For state university BOTs in Florida, the governor appoints six members and the Florida Board of Governors (BOG) appoints five. The Student Government Association president and Faculty Senate president serve as ex-officio members.

The frontrunner in the governor’s race is Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam. Back on May 2, 2016, he gave the keynote address for one of FAMU’s two spring commencement ceremonies. His speech referred to his one-on-one experiences with quality FAMU alumni.

Thursday, October 05, 2017

Alumni hold most seats on Morgan board, only 2 alumni in appointed seats on FAMU board

L-R: Kweisi Mfume, Frances Draper, Larry Ellis, Charles Griffin, Tracey Parker-Warren, 
Shelonda Stokes, Marquis Walker, and Winston Wilkinson
Morgan State is a public historically black university and is classified with the “R3: Doctoral Universities – Moderate research activity” schools in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. Alumni also hold most of the seats on the university’s Board of Regents (BOR).

The alumni members of the Morgan State BOR are Kweisi Mfume (Chair), Frances Draper (Vice-Chair), Larry Ellis, Charles Griffin, Tracey Parker-Warren, Shelonda Stokes, Marquis Walker, and Winston Wilkinson.

There are a total of 15 appointed trustees on the Morgan State BOR. They are appointed by the governor of Maryland and serve six-year terms. The governor also appoints a student regent for a one-year term.  

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

FAMU trustees unanimously approve one-year contract extension for Robinson

This afternoon, the Florida A&M University Board of Trustees (BOT) unanimously approved a one-year contract extension for Interim President Larry Robinson.

The Special Committee on Presidential Leadership for the BOT voted 5-0 to recommend the contract extension on September 7. At the full meeting of the BOT today, trustees adopted the recommendation with a 12-0 vote.

“I think this sends the right message on stability for our institution. I think it sends the right message on our confidence in our leadership,” said Chair Kelvin Lawson.

Lawson mentioned the importance of having stable administrative leadership as FAMU continues its reaffirmation of accreditation process with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). SACS will make a decision  in 2018 on whether to extend FAMU’s accreditation for another ten-year period.

Friday, September 08, 2017

BOT committee recommends one-year contract extension for Robinson

Yesterday, the Special Committee on Presidential Leadership for the FAMU Board of Trustees (BOT) voted to recommend a one-year contract extension for Interim President Larry Robinson.

“I am humbled by the vote of the committee to allow me to continue my service to this great institution,” Robinson said in a quote published by the Tallahassee Democrat. “I look forward to the full Board of Trustees taking up this issue next week.”

The committee is chaired by Thomas Dortch Jr. Its other members are Student Body President Justin Bruno, Faculty Senate President Bettye Grable, David Lawrence Jr., and Belvin Perry. The committee approved the recommendation with a 5-0 vote.

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.