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

Thursday, June 07, 2018

53% of UF students are women, but 81% of the appointed UF trustees are men

The Florida governor’s office and Florida Board of Governors have mainly appointed men to run the Boards of Trustees of the public universities in Tallahassee even though most of the students are women.

At Florida A&M University, 64 percent of the students are women. But 81 percent of the appointed members of the FAMU Board of Trustees (BOT) are men. There are no alumni women in any of the 11 appointed seats.

At Florida State University, 55 percent of the students are women. But men are also 81 percent of its appointed BOT members.

The University of Florida has about the same percentages as FSU. For Fall 2017, it had 55,862 students and 53.78 percent of them were women. But 81 percent of the appointed UF BOT members are men.

Seven of the 11 appointed UF trustees, or 63 percent, are alumni men. They are: James W. Heavener, David L. Brandon, Leonard H. Johnson, Daniel O’Keefe, Rahul Patel, Jason J. Rosenberg, and Robert G. Stern.

There are two non-alumni men with appointments to the UF BOT: Mori Hosseini and Tom Kuntz.

The remaining two trustees are Marsha D. Powers and Anita G. Zucker. They are the only women on the UF BOT and are alumni of the school.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

FAMU needs more alumni women in its 11 appointed Board of Trustees seats

L-R: Keisha Lance Bottoms, Cheryl Harris, Melanie Roussell Newman, and Anika Noni Rose
For Fall 2017, 6,428 of the total 9,909 students at Florida A&M University were women. That’s 64 percent. But there are no women who graduated from FAMU in any of the 11 appointed seats on the FAMU Board of Trustees (BOT). An alumna of FAMU hasn’t held one of those seats since 2016.

Six of the appointed seats are filled by the governor and the other five are filled by the Florida Board of Governors (BOG). The last two trustees are the elected Faculty Senate president and Student Government Association president.

The lack of any alumni women in the 11 appointed BOT is an insult because there are thousands of FAMU alumnae who would be excellent trustees. Four examples are Keisha Lance Bottoms, Cheryl Harris, Melanie Roussell Newman, and Anika Noni Rose.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

No alumna of FAMU has held one of the 11 appointed BOT seats since 2016

More than a year has passed since an alumna of Florida A&M University served in one of the 11 appointed seats on the Board of Trustees (BOT).

Belinda Shannon was the last alumna of FAMU to receive an appointment to the BOT. She was appointed by Gov. Rick Scott in 2011 and served until 2016.

For Fall 2017, 6,428 of the total 9,909 students at FAMU were women. That’s 64 percent. But there are no women who graduated from FAMU in any of the 11 appointed seats on the FAMU BOT.

Six of the appointed seats are filled by the governor and the other five are filled by the Florida Board of Governors (BOG). The last two trustees are the elected Faculty Senate president and Student Government Association president.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

55% of FSU students are women, but 72% of the appointed FSU trustees are alumni men

Source: FSU Office of Institutional Research
Most of the students at the two public universities in Tallahassee are women. But the Florida governor's office and the Florida Board of Governors (BOG) have mostly appointed men to the Boards of Trustees of those schools. Very few women get to vote in board decisions at Florida A&M University or Florida State University.

At FAMU there are only two women in the 11 appointed BOT seats. There currently aren’t any alumni women who hold gubernatorial or BOG appointments on the board. The only woman on the FAMU BOT who has a FAMU degree is Faculty Senate President Betty A. Grable.

But for Fall 2017, 6,428 of the total 9,909 students at FAMU were women. That’s 64 percent.

At FSU, 23,352 of the total 41,900 students for Fall 2017 were women. That’s 55 percent. But alumni men hold eight out of the 11 appointed BOT seats, which is 72 percent.

Only two women hold appointed seats on the FSU BOT. One is Kathryn Ballard, who is an alumna of FSU. Another is Emily Fleming Duda. Her biography on the FSU Trustee Directory doesn’t state whether she is an alumna of FSU.

The third woman on the FSU Board of Trustees is Stacey Pierre, who was elected student body president.

Wednesday, May 09, 2018

64% of FAMU students are women, but there are no alumni women in BOT’s 11 appointed seats

Source: FAMU Office of Institutional Research
For Fall 2017, 6,428 of the total 9,909 students at Florida A&M University were women. That’s 64 percent. But there are no women who graduated from FAMU in any of the 11 appointed seats on the FAMU Board of Trustees.

Vice-Chair Kimberly Moore and Trustee Nicole Washington are the only two women who have appointed seats on the BOT. They were both selected by the Florida Board of Governors.

Bettye A. Grable was elected to the BOT by a vote of the FAMU Faculty Senate. She is the only woman on the BOT who has a degree from FAMU. Grable earned a M.S. in journalism from FAMU.

None of the five current gubernatorial appointees to the BOT are women. Gov. Rick Scott still has not appointed anyone to the seat that was left vacant when former Trustee Gary McCoy resigned in August, 2017.

Tuesday, May 01, 2018

Times editorial says Washington’s proposal on SUS fees is part of “politically motivated scam”

The editorial board of the Tampa Bay Times recently criticized a constitutional change proposed by Nicole Washington for being part of “a politically motivated scam masquerading as a high-minded effort to ask voters to improve the state’s fundamental document.”

Washington is a member of the Florida Constitution Revision Committee. She introduced a proposed amendment that a committee staff analysis says would mandate “a favorable vote of 9 of the 13 members of a BOT to propose a new fee or fee increase. The fee is also subject to BOG approval, and 12 of the 17 BOG members would have to approve the fee increase in order for it to be imposed.”

Her proposal was merged with another one that would “establish the right of survivors of specified first responders and military members to death benefits.”

The Times editorial board is telling Florida voters not to fall for what the committee is trying to pull.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Nicole Washington’s proposal could hurt athletics, student housing construction in SUS

A proposal introduced by Nicole Washington, a member of the Florida Constitution Revision Committee, could hurt athletics and student housing facility construction in the State University System of Florida (SUS).

A staff analysis of the proposal Washington put forward states that it would change the constitution to mandate “a favorable vote of 9 of the 13 members of a BOT to propose a new fee or fee increase. The fee is also subject to BOG approval, and 12 of the 17 BOG members would have to approve the fee increase in order for it to be imposed.”

If the full Florida Constitution Revision committee approves the proposal, it would appear on the Florida ballot. Voters would need to support it by 60 percent for it to pass.

The staff analysis calls the fiscal impact of the proposal “indeterminate.” But the change could make it harder for public universities to make adjustments in fees in order to finance athletics and student housing building projects.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Florida Senate confirms Lawson, Carter, and Moore

The Florida Senate recently confirmed the reappointments of three members of the Florida A&M University Board of Trustees (BOT). Matthew Carter and Kimberly Moore were confirmed on March 8th. Kelvin Lawson was confirmed on March 9th.

Carter of Tallahassee, is an attorney and business consultant on energy, economic development, and education with Carter and Associates. He is a United States Army veteran and previously served as a member of the Board of Governors of the State University System. Gov. Rick Scott originally appointed him for a term that began on December 18, 2015 and ended January 6, 2018. His current term runs from January 6, 2018 to January 6, 2023.

Moore of Tallahassee is the vice-president for workforce development at Tallahassee Community College. The Board of Governors originally appointed her for a term that began on June 20, 2018 and ended January 6, 2018. Her current term runs from January 6, 2018 to January 6, 2023. FAMU trustees elected her as vice-chair on June 10, 2016 and then reelected her to that office on March 8, 2018. 

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Friday, March 09, 2018

Lawson reelected chair of FAMU Board of Trustees

Yesterday, the Florida A&M University Board of Trustees (BOT) reelected Kelvin Lawson to another two year term as its chair.

Lawson became acting chair on May 12, 2016 and was then elected to a full term on June 10, 2016. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the FAMU School of Business and Industry and currently works as a vice president at Acosta Sales and Marketing.

On January 5, 2018, Gov. Rick Scott reappointed Lawson to a term that is set to end on January 6, 2021.

Thursday, March 08, 2018

BOT to vote on replacing McGuinn, Cropper, Diamond, Wheatley with new 700-bed facility

The Florida A&M University Board of Trustees is set to vote on plans to demolish Wheatley, Cropper, Diamond, and McGuinn Halls and replace them with a new 700-bed facility.

All four dormitories have been offline since Fall 2014, when FAMU Village opened. FAMU Village replaced the previously demolished Polkinghorne Village and has 800 beds.

The predevelopment agreement approved by the FAMU Board of Trustees (BOT) Budget, Finance and Facilities Committee yesterday states that the project will provide “the construction of a student housing facility containing approximately 700 beds, and a dining facility containing approximately between 6,000 and 8,000 square feet of usable space (“Phase 1A”).” The full FAMU BOT will vote on the agreement today.

Saturday, January 06, 2018

Lawson, Carter reappointed to FAMU Board of Trustees

On Friday, January 5th Gov. Rick Scott announced the reappointments of Kelvin Lawson and Matthew Carter to the Florida A&M University Board of Trustees (BOT).

Lawson, 54, of Jacksonville, is a vice president at Acosta Sales and Marketing. He previously served as the director of national accounts for Johnson and Johnson. Lawson received his bachelor’s degree from FAMU. He is reappointed for a term beginning January 5, 2018, and ending January 6, 2021. Lawson is the current chair of the FAMU BOT.

Carter, 65, of Tallahassee, is an attorney and business consultant on energy, economic development, and education with Carter and Associates. He is a United States Army veteran and previously served as a member of the Board of Governors of the State University System. Carter is reappointed for a term beginning January 6, 2018, and ending January 6, 2023.

The appointments are subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate.

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms should be appointed to FAMU Board of Trustees

At her inauguration as the 60th mayor of Atlanta, Keisha Lance Bottoms proudly reminded the audience that she is “a graduate of Florida A&M University.” She also added that: “I am the first HBCU graduate to become an Atlanta mayor who is not a graduate of Howard or Morehouse. The streak has been broken.”

Bottoms’ win in the 2017 Atlanta mayoral election is the latest addition to her long record of public service. She was previously a judge (pro hoc) in the Fulton County State Court, executive director of the City of Atlanta and Fulton County Recreation Authority (AFCRA), and a member of the Atlanta City Council.

Her next big job should be serving on the Board of Trustees (BOT) of FAMU. Rattlers should begin lobbying the Florida Board of Governors, Gov. Rick Scott, and all of the gubernatorial candidates to appoint her to one of the seats.

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.