Saturday, December 31, 2016
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
|L-R: Andrew Gillum, John Morgan, Gwen Graham, Mike Huckabee,
and Adam Putnam|
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
“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
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
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.
Monday, September 12, 2016
An article in the Florida Times-Union reported that the agreement “allows Mangum to take administrative leave for the remainder of her contract that expires March 31. Under the agreement, Mangum would still be eligible for a one-year sabbatical and tenured faculty position after that. The Board of Trustees would also pay her moving expenses to vacate the president's mansion up to $7,500, as well as a portion of her attorney's fees, anywhere between $3,000 and $10,000. Mangum would let trustees know by October 2017 if she did not want to take the faculty position.”
That means FAMU would pay Mangum the remainder of her full $425,000 salary (about $35,416 per month) from September 15 until the end of her contract on April 1st and then pay her another $425,000 for a sabbatical year for 2017-2018. She’d also be eligible to return to FAMU as a tenured professor at a salary of 90 percent of her former presidential pay ($382,500) for 2018-2019.
Sunday, September 04, 2016
The BOT Special Committee on Presidential Leadership unanimously approved a proposed exit plan on Friday that could lead to Mangum going on administrative by September 15, the date when the full BOT will discuss the recommendation.
The Democrat reported that if the BOT approves the plan, “trustees would likely name Provost Marcella David to the position of acting president, trustees chairman Kelvin Lawson said. That is spelled out in the university’s operating procedures, he said.”
FAMU BOT members should scratch David’s name off of the list of potential replacements for Mangum. The university has a big enrollment crisis and David hasn’t shown the skills that are needed to fix it.
Saturday, September 03, 2016
Yesterday, the Board of Trustees (BOT) Special Committee on Presidential Leadership unanimously approved a proposed exit plan that had been developed after consultations with an attorney representing Mangum. The full BOT will discuss the recommendation at its next meeting scheduled for September 15 in Tallahassee.
Saturday, August 27, 2016
On August 24, the Florida A&M University (FAMU) Board of Trustees voted not to renew the contract of the university’s 11th president, Dr. Elmira Mangum. The FAMU National Alumni Association (FAMU NAA) is keenly aware that a shift of this magnitude in leadership profoundly impacts the university’s efforts to move FAMU forward. Therefore, as the FAMU NAA President, I am urging our alumni to remain committed and focused on the core element of our mission - our students.
Thursday, August 25, 2016
Trustee Harold Mills proposed the motion and “Interim” Student Government Association President Jaylen Smith seconded it.
The five “yes” votes came from: Mills, Smith, David Lawrence, Craig Reed, and Nicole Washington.
The seven “no” votes came from: Faculty Senate President Bettye Grable, Matt Carter, Thomas Dortch, Chairman Kelvin Lawson, Vice-Chairwoman Kimberly Moore, Robert Woody, and Belvin Perry Jr.
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
“Unlike other universities with declining enrollment, FAMU does not have a problem with student recruitment,” Mangum wrote. “Instead, our decline is the byproduct of success in graduating students and in the University’s policy change to recruit more college-ready students.”
An increase in the number of students who are graduating doesn't mean that an enrollment decline has to happen. A university can recruit more students to replace the ones who are graduating. An effort to recruit a bigger number of college-ready students doesn't mean that enrollment has to decline, either. A university can recruit college-ready students and grow its enrollment at the same time.
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Last year, the evaluation had a total of ten categories. There were eleven categories for the 2015-2016 year.
Grable said Mangum met expectations for Financial Management and Personal Characteristics and Values. She gave Mangum an “Exceeds” expectations rating for the Work Plan category.
But in the rest of the eight categories, Grable gave Mangum the lowest possible mark. Those areas were Annual Priorities and Goals, Strategic Leadership, Educational Leadership, Organizational Management, Fundraising, External Relations, Internal Relations, and Board of Governance Relations.
In most of those categories, Grable faulted Mangum for providing little or no comparative data to support the high ratings that she gave herself on her 2015-2016 presidential self-assessment.