“The remodel of the Dyson building will provide classrooms, teaching labs, faculty and support offices, and service areas to meet the Universities mission for teaching, research and community engagement,” Interim President Larry Robinson said in a request form. “The University graduation rate will improve with more teaching classrooms and labs. This project is aligned with Board of Governor's strategic priority to increase the number of degrees awarded in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines.”
Monday, February 27, 2017
Thursday, January 12, 2017
The “analysis/overview” section of an action item request prepared by the administration stated that the modification would produce “a net decrease in cost of approximately $208,000.” It said that one big reason for this is that FAMU would avoid the costs associated with demolishing the McGuinn Diamond.
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
According to Tallahassee Democrat reporter Jordan Culver, FAMU Chief Financial Officer Angela Poole explained that if FAMU doesn’t obtain the full $622,000 required for the mandatory repairs, then some sections of the football stadium will have to be closed.
Last week, Athletic Director Milton Overton sent a statement to WTXL reassuring the public that Bragg will be open for the 2017.
Monday, January 09, 2017
On Friday, Interim Chief Financial Officer Wanda Ford and Athletic Director Milton Overton will present an “Athletics Budget Discussion” to the FAMU Board of Trustees Budget, Finance, and Facilities Committee.
The report lists five “phases” that need to be completed over the next five years. They are: (1) $622,000 for “structural repairs & internal stair replacement,” (2) $1,937,500 to “sand blast & repainting of steel frame, (3) $500,000 to “sand blast and repaint steel pans & seat and handrail repairs (to prevent deterioration due to corrosion)”, (4) $1,300,000 for “restroom renovation or replacement (8 areas) (Code/ADA compliance),” and (5) $1,100,000 for “press box replacement (for ADA compliance).”
Thursday, December 15, 2016
Tallahassee Democrat reporter Jordan Culver discussed the details that Athletic Director Milton Overton Jr. and Chief Financial Officer Angela Poole shared during a Board of Trustees workshop.
“FAMU must spend $622,000 for structural repairs and internal stair replacement or [Bragg Memorial Stadium] will not be cleared for fall competition,” Culver tweeted yesterday.
Wednesday, April 06, 2016
said that a $71,529 garage project that began in June 2014 should have been presented to the BOT for a vote before it was started.
The BOT scheduled an emergency meeting to discuss the garage and other renovations at President’s House on October 22, 2015. Joe Bakker, who had retired as the interim chief financial officer (CFO), wrote then-CFO Dale Cassidy a letter about the issue two days before that meeting. Bakker said the garage didn’t need BOT approval because it was paid out of Minor Projects Fund dollars.
Tuesday, April 05, 2016
report on the controversial addition of a garage to the on-campus President’s House on Saturday. But questions still remain about who proposed the $71,529 project.
An independent report by Grant Thornton, LLP report states that: “The results of a walkthrough meeting in March 2014 between the University’s Interim VP of Administration and Financial Services and the BOT Facilities Planning Chairman was not formally documented. At that walkthrough meeting, the BOT member recommended that a garage be added to the University owned residence. This meeting was subsequently documented by the University’s Director of Physical Plant in October 2015; however, no formal BOT approval of this project was documented.”
Kendall D. Jones, the FAMU Director of Plant Operations & Maintenance, said in an October 28, 2015 memo that Board of Trustees (BOT) that Facilities Planning Chairman Spurgeon McWilliams participated in the walkthrough on March 13, 2014. But Jones stated that then-BOT Chairman Chuck Badger was the one who proposed a new garage.
Sunday, April 03, 2016
The employment agreement between Mangum and the Board of Trustees (BOT) states that: “Dr. Mangum shall obtain prior approval from the Board (or its designee) for any capital improvements or repairs to the home or its grounds which have a project cost over $10,000.” The purchase order for the garage project was made on June 19, 2014, which was after the April 1, 2014 start date of Mangum’s contract.
Mangum sent a memo to the BOT on October 21, 2015 that said that: “I did not have any knowledge nor did I authorize or sign off on the construction of the garage. Upon further inquiry, it was discovered that the Board of Trustees authorized the garage project.”
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Front door at FAMU President’s House
installed in Sept. 2014 for $11,519
On Oct. 1, the Florida auditor general’s office asked FAMU Vice-President Rick Givens to look into whether two purchase orders for renovations at the President’s House had received Board of Trustees approval. The first was issued February 13, 2014 and was for $300,209. The second, which was for a garage project, was issued on June 19, 2014 and was for $71,529.
The employment agreement between President Elmira Mangum and the BOT states that that the president “shall obtain prior approval from the Board (or its designee) for any capital improvements or repairs to the home or its grounds which have a project cost over $10,000.”
Friday, February 12, 2016
FAMU Vice-President for Audit and Compliance Rick Givens told university trustees on Wednesday that Grant Thornton LLP was selected for the job and will submit its written conclusions on Feb. 16.
The FAMU internal auditor normally carries out such investigations. But the FAMU Board of Trustees (BOT) voted to have an outside company do the review after Givens reported “potential interference with the work of Audit & Compliance” in an Oct. 21 email to then-Chairman Rufus Montgomery.
Saturday, February 06, 2016
|FAMU Foote-Hilyer Administration Center|
According to the FAMU Office of Governmental Relations: “Last year, the Legislature provided $6,155,000 of PECO funds to finance the planning and design of a new Student Affairs Building. PECO funding is being requested for the construction of a new Student Affairs Building that will enable the University to consolidate the delivery of essential student services, thereby helping to improve customer service and our performance under the Board of Governor's Performance Funding Model.”
Saturday, November 07, 2015
Kendall D. Jones, the FAMU Director of Plant Operations & Maintenance, said he and two other administrators began a project to install a new front door at the residence after then-Chairman Chuck Badger suggested it.
“Chairman Badger commented that the existing door was not representative of a University President’s House and should be more presidential,” Jones wrote in an October 28 memorandum. “The project team collaborated and decided to replace the existing door with a better quality door. As a result, the door replacement was added to the project scope of work.”
But Badger told the Tallahassee Democrat that Jones has it wrong.
Friday, November 06, 2015
reported that an October 28 memorandum by Kendall D. Jones, the FAMU Director of Plant Operations & Maintenance, said that former Board of Trustees Chairman Chuck Badger came up with the ideas for a new garage and a new front door for the on-campus President’s House. But Badger says he didn’t authorize those projects.
The Florida auditor general's office recently asked FAMU Vice-President for Audit and Compliance Richard Givens to look into whether two purchase orders for renovations at the President’s House had received BOT approval. The first was issued February 13, 2014 and was for $300,209.
The minutes of a March 5, 2014 meeting of the BOT Facilities Planning Committee show the Jones made a presentation to the attendees on the President’s House project. Those minutes state that: “Trustee Spurgeon McWilliams (Chair), Trustee Glen Gilzean (by telephone), Trustee Kelvin Lawson, Trustee Kimberly Moore, and Trustee Cleve Warren” were present.
Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Confusion over how the detached garage ended up being constructed at the FAMU President’s House swirled during an emergency BOT conference call on Thursday, Oct. 22.
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
criticized President Elmira Mangum for not presenting a renovation project of about $77,000 at the on-campus President’s House to the Board of Trustees for approval. But Vice President of Communications and External Relations Jimmy Miller told the Associated Press that Mangum didn’t authorize the project herself.
Thursday, August 13, 2015
“Mangum Building” adds to growing list of controversial home improvements for college presidents across nation
FAMU President Elmira Mangum seemed to take pride in showing the detached garage to her employees during the 2015 Faculty and Staff Barbecue. She even posed for pictures in front of it with some of her guests.
But some FAMU trustees are concerned about the process that led to the construction of that new auxiliary building. Trustee Robert Woody said the project cost about $77,000 and that Mangum did not ask the Board of Trustees to approve it. Chairman Rufus Montgomery also questioned the appropriateness of the project “given the budgetary challenges faced by the institution.”
Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Trustee says about $77,000 spent on garage project for on-campus President's House without BOT approval
|FAMU Presidential Residence in 2011 (Google Maps)|
“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 individual evaluation of the president for 2014-2015.
Sunday, June 28, 2015
|Former state Sen. Durell Peaden with FAMU officials in Crestview
Durell Peaden succumbed to a heart attack in Erie, Pa., where he worked as a dean for Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. He previously served as a member of the Florida House of Representatives from 1995 to 2000 and the Florida Senate from 2001 until his term limit in 2010.
“He was probably proudest of being able to bring the FAMU pharmacy school to Crestview,” said Sen. Greg Evers, who was elected to succeed Peaden in 2010.
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
|Gov. Rick Scott and First Lady Ann Scott at the Inaugural Prayer Breakfast at FAMU in 2015|
Yesterday, Scott used his line item veto pen to slash a record $461.4 million from the 2015-2016 appropriations bill before signing a $78.2 billion budget for Florida. But the governor opted to leave all of FAMU’s appropriations intact.
The money includes $1,480,000 for the completion of Phase II of the College of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences. FAMU also received a big $6,155,000 to begin constructing a brand new Student Affairs building. Those projects will both be funded with PECO dollars.
Thursday, June 18, 2015
The new student affairs complex is an essential part of the university’s long-term plan to revitalize its 128-year-old campus, improve customer service, and promote efficiency and effectiveness. Upon completion, the building’s total cost is estimated to be about $36 million and will combine under one roof many essential student services that are currently scattered across the campus.