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

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:

Monday, February 03, 2014

Mangum should insist on having a super-majority clause in her contract

No one could blame Elmira Mangum if she has started having second thoughts about the FAMU presidency after the way the university’s Board of Trustees treated her last week.

Attorneys for Mangum and FAMU came to a mutual agreement over a proposed contract. But on Friday, board members shot down the joint recommendation and demanded that the president-designate agree to changes in areas such as compensation.

The trustees also took a disrespectful “our way or the highway” tone toward Mangum by effectively giving her one week to concede to less generous employment terms.

At this rate, it would not be shocking to see Mangum just  say “no thanks” and stay in her comfortable job at Cornell University.

But if Mangum does decide to give the FAMU Board of Trustees a second chance (which is what a large number of students, faculty, and alumni are hoping), she should not put her signature on any employment agreement that lacks a “super-majority clause.”

Saturday, February 01, 2014

FAMU Board of Trustees goes to battle with Mangum over employment agreement

Unresolved tensions from the FAMU presidential search resurfaced on Friday when the university’s Board of Trustees shot down a proposed contract for Elmira Mangum.

Attorneys for Mangum and FAMU had come to an agreement on a three-year contract that included a $425,000 base salary, ten percent bonus option, and 15 percent annuity. But rather than approve the joint recommendation, the FAMU board chose to go to battle with the woman it just voted to hire as the university’s 11th president three weeks ago.

The Board of Trustees ordered FAMU’s lawyers to get back in the negotiating room and demand that Mangum’s lawyers accept changes in areas such as compensation and benefits. Some of the loudest criticism of the proposed contract came from Trustees Rufus Montgomery and Glen Gilzean.

But what the board is actually willing to approve is anyone’s guess. The trustees failed to reach a consensus on what type of salary and benefit package they would find acceptable. Individual trustees will send their own recommendations in to the university’s attorneys.

Friday, January 31, 2014

Mangum to earn $425,000 annual base salary from proposed contract

This morning, the FAMU Board of Trustees will meet to approve a contract offer for Elmira Mangum, the 11th president-designate.

The Tampa Bay Times obtained a copy of the document and posted highlights. If approved, Mangum will earn $100,000 more in base salary than her predecessor did he he began back in 2007. Former FAMU President James Ammons made a starting base salary of $325,000 per year when he was hired. Trustees increased his base salary to $341,250 in 2011. Mangum would make a starting base salary of $425,000 per year, with the possibility of a ten percent annual bonus ($42,500).

The proposed employment agreement is for three years with a starting date of April 1, 2014.

It does not appear that Mangum will have a “super-majority clause” similar to Ammons or former Florida Atlantic University Presidents Frank Brogan and Mary Jane Saunders. Their contracts all required a two-thirds vote of the Board of Trustees in order to terminate them with or without cause.

According to the Tampa Bay Times, “a majority of board members can vote to terminate Mangum at any time, though depending on whether or not the termination is ‘with cause’ there are different stipulations.”

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

FAMU trustees try to save face after dirty, dysfunctional presidential search process

Had the behind-the-scenes deal-making at FAMU gone as planned, Elmira Mangum would have never become one of the two finalists for the university presidency.

Ahead of the application deadline, Rattler Nation learned that certain FAMU-associated individuals who were eager to please Gov. Rick Scott had passed an unofficial short list of presidential candidates up the ranks. That list had a Washington, DC candidate, a Georgia candidate, and a Texas candidate.

It was said that the DC candidate was former Howard University President Patrick Swygert and that the Georgia candidate was Morehouse School of Medicine President John E. Maupin, Jr.

Monday, January 13, 2014

FBI grills Karl White in investigation of alleged $25M Ponzi scheme

The Federal Bureau of Investigation recently had a long talk with Karl E. White following allegations that he took part in what’s being described as a possible Ponzi scheme.

Here’s how the Boston Globe summarized the events that led the FBI to seek answers from White:
Nine months after Karl E. White left his job as chief of the [Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority] pension fund to join a New York hedge fund, he visited his former colleagues in Boston to pitch them on an investment idea. 
White, in his new job as chief investment officer of Fletcher Asset Management, told the authority’s pension board members in 2007 that he had devised an investment fund just for them, and that it was relatively low risk. They gave their prominent former leader $25 million to invest. 
Today, that money is gone — a fact the MBTA has not previously disclosed — and a series of Fletcher hedge funds are bankrupt.

Sunday, January 05, 2014

Persaud throwing FAMU faculty under the bus as he pursues personal power

Narayan Persaud is borrowing a page out of Mary Diallo’s book.

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.

Instead of treating FAMU’s professors like they worked at a research university, Castell treated them like community college personnel. She immediately trampled over the principle of shared governance by denying them input in the selection of both the new vice-president for research and provost (another ex-community college administrator). But even those first warning shots, Diallo continued to fend off efforts to introduce a resolution of “no confidence” against Castell in the Faculty Senate.

Monday, December 30, 2013

Unofficial presidential short list could deny most FAMUans meaningful input in candidate vetting process

H. Patrick Swygert (left) and John E. Maupin, Jr. (right)
The worst kept secret in the FAMU presidential search is the effort to persuade some university trustees to support an unofficial short list of candidates behind the backs of most Rattler students, faculty, and alumni.

Rattler Nation has learned that two of the names that are being pushed are H. Patrick Swygert, former president of Howard University, and John E. Maupin Jr., the retiring president of the Morehouse School of Medicine. At this time, neither Swygert, 70, nor Maupin, 67, has publicly expressed interest in the FAMU presidency.

Swygert is currently a professor at the Howard School of Law. He returned to the faculty in 2008 after leading the university for 13 years. Before becoming Howard’s president, he headed the University at Albany, State University of New York from 1990 through 1995. He earned both his undergraduate degree (1965) and his law degree from Howard (1968).

Maupin will retire from the presidency of the Morehouse School of Medicine on June 30, 2014. He has held that position for almost seven years. Prior to that, he served as the president of Meharry Medical College from 1994 through 2006. Maupin earned his undergraduate degree from San Jose State College (1968), a doctor of dental surgery degree from Meharry (1972), and a master of business administration from Loyola College in Baltimore (1979).

Even though there appears to be some who want these two names (and others) to be fast-tracked to the finalist stage with little public discussion, there are many questions that need to be asked and answered publicly.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Hope for a Robinson presidential application is a pipe dream

Despite what Chuck Badger, Elizabeth Davenport, and the Tallahassee Democrat have said, the FAMU Board of Trustees never adopted a policy that restricts the university’s current interim president from submitting an application to lead the school on a permanent basis.

Article 5.6 of the FAMU board’s operating procedures says: “No business will be transacted without an affirmative vote of the Board, and a majority vote of all the members of the Board is required for establishing policy, for making rules and regulations, for appointing and removing the President, and for approving or terminating programs.”

The FAMU Board of Trustees NEVER voted to restrict the current interim president from applying for or being considered for the permanent position. The minutes of the trustee meetings held on July 16, 2012 and August 15, 2012, which have been accepted by the full board, prove that fact.

No vote. No policy.

Chairman Chuck Badger made an honest mistake when he claimed that the board approved a policy that bars FAMU’s interim leader from applying for the permanent presidency. He needs to step up acknowledge the fact that he gave inaccurate information to the public. But that’s a topic for another editorial.

Today’s editorial is a plea for Rattlers to wake up and come to terms with reality. Larry Robinson is not going to submit an application to become the 11th president of FAMU.

Monday, December 09, 2013

New FAMU ΚΑΨ chapter president must provide the strong leadership that Torey didn’t

Back when Torey Alston was the president of the Alpha Xi Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi, a number of his fraternity brothers created a national embarrassment for FAMU by making the stupid decision to haze an aspirant.

That led to a seven-year chapter suspension that just ended this summer. On Saturday, Alpha Xi introduced 25 new members.  

The new FAMU ΚΑΨ president must now provide the type of strong leadership that Torey failed to give the chapter during his days as a student.

Former FAMU student Marcus Jones, who attempted to join Alpha Xi while Torey was the chapter president, was paddled with wooden canes and punched during unauthorized rituals.

Jones did not directly accuse Torey of participating in the hazing. But he did mention Torey’s name in an account of the early stage of the pledging process that he told the St. Petersburg Times. Jones' accusations suggest that Torey knew of the chapter’s activities and turned a deaf ear.

Monday, October 21, 2013

FAMU trustees never voted to bar interim president from being considered for permanent position

FAMU National Alumni Association (NAA) President Tommy Mitchell should immediately send FAMU a records request per Chapter 119 of the Florida Statues. He should ask for copies of the tapes and/or typed transcripts from the FAMU Board of Trustees meetings held on July 16, 2012 and August 15, 2012 and then upload them to the NAA website.

FAMU trustees NEVER voted to restrict the current interim president from being considered for the permanent position and the public release of those records will help put a stop to all of the inaccurate information that says otherwise.

Chuck Badger, the FAMU board chairman, created unnecessary confusion by telling the Tallahassee Democrat that the trustees adopted a policy that prevents Interim President Larry Robinson from being appointed to lead FAMU on a permanent basis.

“All the trustees would have to do is remove the restriction on Dr. Robinson from being an applicant,” he told the newspaper.

Friday, October 04, 2013

Badger must avoid same mistake Art Collins made during 2001 presidential search


Back in 2001, Art Collins defied Gov. Jeb Bush by winning the first FAMU trustees chairmanship race despite being pressured to let R.B. Holmes have the position. Collins seemed to think his election victory meant it would be easy for him to build enough support to seat a highly-qualified successor to President Frederick S. Humphries. But he underestimated R.B.’s desire for revenge.

On the night before the final vote in the selection process, the majority of trustees still supported Collins. There were more than enough votes for Charlie Nelms, the only candidate who had been the top executive of two universities, to become the ninth president of FAMU. Nelms had served as chancellor of Indiana University East and the University of Michigan at Flint before being selected to serve as vice-president for student development and diversity for the entire Indiana University system.

But the 11th hour shadiness that is still typical of FAMU Board of Trustees processes turned the presidential search into a train wreck. A lie that claimed there weren’t enough votes to seat Nelms was spread throughout that evening. By the end of the shenanigans on that night, Nelms had withdrawn his application.

When the board met for the presidential vote the next morning, the anti-Collins trustees smiled and laughed when the chairman had to announce that Nelms was out-of-the-running. A group of trustees that included R.B., Castell Bryant, and Jim Corbin then worked to fast track the selection of Fred Gainous to run FAMU.

Thursday, August 08, 2013

Badger reelected chairman, Scott gets consolation prize with Rufus as vice-chairman

A nasty behind-the-scenes process is finally over.

Rufus Montgomery, the go-to trustee for Gov. Rick Scott, failed to secure enough votes to win the FAMU chairmanship in the hours leading up to the official beginning of today’s Board of Trustees meeting. The majority of the trustees rebuffed Rufus and reelected Solomon L. “Chuck” Badger, III to another two-year term in the chairman’s seat. Scott did ultimately receive an olive branch from the board members as Montgomery was given the vice-chairmanship.

For the second time, there was heavy outside political pressure for the trustees to replace Badger with Montgomery. The first time was back in March after Badger suspended the presidential search.