Showing posts with label humphries. Show all posts
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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

FAMU president has final say on faculty appointments, not deans

Last month’s Rattler Nation editorial that mentioned how John Thrasher used former FAMU President Elmira Mangum to help him put an end to 28 years of FAMU budget control at FAMU-FSU College of Engineering (COE) got the usual misinformed responses on social media from Rattlers-in-name-only who still don’t have a clue.

FAMU went from having control over the then-$10.4M COE budget in 2015 to now just being the tenure home of the COE dean.

One of the nonsense claims that’s still being spread is that FAMU is really better off now because previous COE deans declined to fill vacant FAMU faculty positions and moving the dean’s tenure home to FAMU was necessary to fix that problem.

Monday, July 18, 2016

1998: Humphries enrolls nearly 11,000 students, freshmen SAT scores above national average

General Motors ad that ran between 1989 and 1990
Back in 1998, Florida A&M University had nearly 11,000 students. That’s more than any historically black college or university (HBCU) today. North Carolina A&T University (NCA&T) was the largest single campus HBCU in Fall 2015 with 10,852 students.

NCA&T Chancellor Harold Martin boosted his school’s enrollment in Fall 2015 and expects more enrollment growth in Fall 2016.

FAMU’s enrollment in Fall 2015 dropped to 9,920 (down from 10,233 in Fall 2014) under President Elmira Mangum. That cost FAMU $9M+ from tuition and fee losses. FAMU expects to lose about another $10M due to its projected loss of 920 students in 2016-2017.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

David 31 years late in realizing need for FAMU to recruit top student scholars like athletes

At the June 22 meeting of the Florida Board of Governors (BOG), FAMU Provost Marcella David spoke about the university’s efforts to recruit more transfer students who’ve finished associates of arts (A.A.) degrees. She told the BOG that she’d heard a good idea from some other higher education leaders.

“I’ve heard other presidents and provosts talking about recruiting students the way you recruit athletes and that’s one of the ways that we’re going to focus on, in particular, our transfer students, is recruiting them in the way that we recruit athletes as well,” David said. 

David is 31 years late in realizing the need for FAMU to recruit student scholars like athletes. Back when Frederick S. Humphries became the president of FAMU in 1985, he did just that. His top targets were the best performing high school students. Humphries' aggressive recruitment strategy was key to his success in taking FAMU to #1 in the recruitment of National Achievement Scholars and boosting overall enrollment numbers by more than 100 percent over his 16 years in office.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Humphries: Democratic voters should ask candidates for details about their HBCU plans

Frederick S. Humphries, the eighth president of Florida A&M University, shared the following message on his official Facebook page on March 11th:

Issues, Questions & Answers - What's in it for HBCUs?

There has been significant discussion regarding free tuition for Higher Education and what the implications are to HBCU's. Both Hillary Clinton & Bernie Sanders have indicated in broad strokes their intentions to help HBCU's as part of their proposed Higher Education packages, but little with respect to details has been discussed - at least in the public forum.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Humphries, Young pay tribute to Robert Hayling’s legacy

On Saturday, former FAMU President Frederick S. Humphries and former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Andrew Young were among the speakers at a memorial service for the late Robert Hayling in Lincolnville, Fla.

Hayling, who died on Dec. 21, 2015 at the age of 86, was “hailed as the ‘father’ of St. Augustine’s civil rights movement” according to the St. Augustine Record.

“A native of Tallahassee, where his father was a longtime teacher at what is now Florida A&M University, Dr. Hayling was one of four children, all of whom went on to earn advanced degrees. After graduating from Florida A&M, he joined the Air Force in 1951, serving as a first lieutenant at Wright Patterson Air Force Base,” the Record reported. He went on to earn a dentistry degree from Meharry Medical College.

Monday, January 18, 2016

1988: Meek, Lawson blast BOR for talking to Humphries in a demeaning manner

On Wednesday and Thursday of this week, the Florida Board of Governors (BOG) will hold a meeting at Florida State University. Three Florida A&M University Board of Trustees vacancies will be on the agenda.

The FAMU alumni in the Florida Legislature have let the BOG run all over their alma mater since 2015. They are still silent in the aftermath of BOG-supported changes that led to FAMU losing control of the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering (COE) budget after 28 years, BOG member Norman Tripp talking to FAMU administrators in a condescending way, and FAMU’s alumni being reduced to a minority in the 11 appointed university Board of Trustees seats.

FAMU used to have much stronger alumni legislators like Carrie P. Meek and Al Lawson who didn’t back down when the former Board of Regents (BOR) did things that were harmful to the school.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Criser still refusing to acknowledge that FAMU controlled COE budget for 28 years

BOG Chancellor Marshall Criser, III and Retired FAMU Professor Willie Roberts
Yesterday, the Tallahassee Democrat published a sharp response that Board of Governors (BOG) Chancellor Marshall Criser, III wrote to an earlier letter by retired FAMU Mathematics Professor Willie Roberts.

A letter to the editor by Roberts on December 9 said that FAMU’s recent loss of control over the $12.9M budget for the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering (COE) was harmful to the university. The Joint College of Engineering Governance Council that was created this year passed a resolution on May 20, 2015 to shift the COE fiscal agent duties from FAMU to FSU. FAMU had served as the fiscal agent since 1987.

Criser fired back with a rebuttal that criticized Roberts. He said that: “Mr. Roberts attempts to equate ‘fiscal agency’ with ‘budget control.’”

But the letter by Criser didn’t mention that FAMU did have control of the COE budget while it was the fiscal agent.

Monday, October 19, 2015

FAMU chair, vice-chair say $12.9M COE budget shift to FSU should be reversed

FAMU Board of Trustees Vice-Chairman Kelvin Lawson
On October 9, the Florida State University Board of Trustees (BOT) voted to approve a $90,000 bonus and a 7.4 percent raise for President John Thrasher.

One of the biggest accomplishments that Thrasher made this year was getting the $12.9M core operating budget of the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering (COE) moved from FAMU to FSU after 28 years. That change was made without a vote of approval from the FAMU BOT and was supported by FAMU President Elmira Mangum.

Yesterday, the FAMU BOT voted against awarding Mangum a bonus for her performance during her first year as president. Vice-Chairman Kelvin Lawson, who made the motion, said that the COE budget shift to FSU was a problem that Mangum needed to work to fix.

“I would like to see us make an active pitch to regain budget authority for the College of Engineering,” Lawson said at the Sunday meeting.

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Life Gets Better Scholarship lifts FAMU student leader

The Life Gets Better Scholarship has been a life changer for hundreds of students attending Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University.

For nearly 30 years the Life Gets Better Scholarship has played a major role in producing engineers, doctors, lawyers, corporate executives, scientists, college professors, and many more professionals of color. By removing the financial burden that normally derails a college education, the scholarship relieves the stress and strain that normally overwhelms families.

Justin Bruno, a junior computer engineering student from Orlando Fla, is one of the current FAMU students who has benefited tremendously from the scholarship.

Monday, August 03, 2015

Alumni challenge Mangum’s claim that FAMU didn’t previously have budget control for COE

On July 21, FAMU Trustee Cleve Warren asked President Elmira Mangum if FAMU had controlled the budget for the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering (COE) before the creation of the Joint College of Engineering Governance Council in 2015. The Joint College of Engineering Governance Council passed a resolution back on May 20 to shift the COE fiscal agent duties from FAMU to FSU.

“For clarity purposes, before the creation of this joint committee, did A&M have control of the budget?” Warren asked.

“My opinion would be that the dean controlled the expenditures of the College of Engineering; FAMU kept account of them,” Mangum said.

Trustee Kelvin Lawson, a FAMU alumnus, disagreed and said that FAMU had the “responsibility for managing the budget” in the past. He added that the management responsibility wasn’t limited to executing “joint decisions.”

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Humphries: Loss of fiscal agent duties for College of Engineering “a significant blow to FAMU”

Yesterday, former FAMU President Frederick S. Humphries spoke out about the news FAMU has lost the fiscal agent duties for the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering. He called the change a harmful one for the school he headed for 16 years.

“I believe this to be a significant blow to FAMU, in particular, and HBCUs in general,” Humphries wrote on his official Facebook page.

Humphries posted a link to a Diverse Issues in Higher Education article entitled “Florida State Takes Hold of FAMU Engineering Purse Strings.” The story, which included a link to Rattler Nation, followed-up on this blog’s coverage of the announcement by FSU President John Thrasher that his university has replaced FAMU as the fiscal agent for the College of Engineering.

“I will share my thoughts on this move in due time,” Humphries wrote.

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

FAMU loses budget authority for College of Engineering after 28 years

Today is the first in 28 years that FAMU won’t be the fiscal agent/budget manager for the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering (COE).

July 1st is the official beginning of the new fiscal year and the Chief Financial Officer of Florida will begin sending the $12,996,539 appropriated budget for the engineering college to FSU instead of FAMU.

The Florida Legislature originally placed that money in the FAMU general revenue line item at the beginning of the 2015 session as it has for nearly 30 years. But on February 19, FAMU President Elmira Mangum gave her support to a Florida Board of Governors proposal that asked the legislature to create a new budget entity for the COE. The Florida House of Representatives and Senate both shifted the $12,996,539 operating budget for the COE from the FAMU general revenue line item to a new budget entity entitled “FAMU/FSU College of Engineering” in March.

Monday, January 05, 2015

Humphries: Silicon Valley’s lack of diversity unacceptable

Frederick S. Humphries, the eighth president of FAMU, recently addressed Silicon Valley’s lack of diversity in the following opinion piece for REACH Media’s BlackAmericaWeb:

A recent editorial in The New York Times on ways to improve the cultural and ethnic diversity of Silicon Valley showed the extent to which this issue has moved to the forefront of the national consciousness. This is with good reason. In this day and age, it is simply unacceptable for a thriving industry to ignore the growing ethnic and cultural diversity that will define the 21st century.

The controversy over Silicon Valley’s lack of diversity has grown on one misstep after another, all of which reveal how Google, Yahoo, Facebook and other high-tech companies are completely out of sync with the modern workforce. For years, these companies refused to release their diversity data. When pressure from outside groups became too difficult to bear, Google became the first company to release statistics. Over the subsequent months, other tech giants followed suit.

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Study: FAMU, FSU leaders should learn from Humphries’ success in recruiting black engineering students

Frederick S. Humphries with National Achievement Scholars in 1989
The preliminary report of the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering by CBT University Consulting has lots of bad news for those who want to split the school.

It states that the option of dividing the college into two separate schools with “differentiated programs” would likely be challenged by the U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights and in the federal court system. The report also concludes that it would cost $1 billion in startup costs to establish two separate research-oriented colleges of engineering at FAMU and FSU in a way that complies with federal case law. Federal case law would also prohibit both separate colleges from being located in Tallahassee.

But the preliminary report also states that FAMU has work to do in order to reverse the decline in the number of students it has enrolled in the joint college.

Monday, November 03, 2014

Humphries: FAMU family must step up to secure university’s future

Frederick S. Humphries, the eighth president of FAMU, shared the following message with the FAMU family on his official Facebook page on November 2, 2014:

As we close out this 2014 homecoming weekend, I will make some observations about the university and where we are today and what I personally believe has to happen. I have heard that some believe that the world has changed since I was president and that I may be out of touch with how to promote the university successfully and attract the necessary resources to sustain our alma mater. All due respect to those persons, but I disagree. When it comes to the "meat and potatoes" of FAMU and it relevancy to the fabric of American Higher Education the fundamentals have not changed.

My view:

1. It is critical that all persons in leadership must have a fundamental appreciation and respect for our history, the special role that FAMU plays, and the unique dynamics that it must navigate to be successful in a landscape that does not want FAMU to succeed and is actively seeking to starve the university to death. One cannot adopt a model that is successful at a predominantly white institution (PWI) and just drop that model into FAMU and expect it to work without significant amounts of nuance and finesse. Any notion of: “I'm from a PWI, I get it, the current and former university community doesn't” – is arrogant, inherently naïve, and will fail. The stakes are too high to not be thoughtful in every action that FAMU administrators and employees take.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Humphries endorses Gillum’s bid to become mayor of Tallahassee

FAMU alumnus Andrew Gillum, who has served as a Tallahassee city commissioner since 2003, recently picked up a big endorsement in bid to become the city’s next mayor. Frederick S. Humphries, the eight president of FAMU, has officially placed his support behind Gillum’s campaign.

In the letter of endorsement, Humphries wrote the following:

Dear Alumni and Friends:

Commissioner Andrew Gillum is running for Mayor of the City of Tallahassee, Florida. Andrew is an outstanding alumnus of Florida A&M University (FAMU). It was during his tenure, as the student government association (SGA) president, that he served as our inaugural student representative on the FAMU Board of Trustees. Having worked directly with Andrew, I can attest to his leadership as a consensus builder, negotiator, collaborator and listener. He is an example of the leadership, dedication and drive we instill in our alumni. As the City of Tallahassee moves forward, it is important to have leaders like Andrew.

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Committee working to raise $175,000 to build campus statute of Humphries

Back when Frederick S. Humphries was FAMU’s president, he kept watch to defend the university from internal and external threats. Now, Rattlers are working together to erect a bronze statue of Humphries that will symbolically keep watch over The Hill forever.

The Frederick S. Humphries Life Got Better Bronze Statue Committee wants to raise $175,000 to create a statute of the eighth president of FAMU. It plans to place the statute in front of the Eternal Flame in the campus quadrangle. Humphries built the Eternal Flame to commemorate FAMU’s selection as the first ever TIME Magazine/Princeton Review “College of the Year” in 1997.

Jim Davis, who worked as Humphries’ director of governmental relations, is chairing the statute committee.

“I’m in the belief we should really honor the people who really do something for our people and our institution,” Davis said in a quote published by The FAMUan.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Rattlers remain divided over decision to reopen band director search

Back when he was a college student, Shelby Chipman dedicated himself to carrying the torch of legendary Marching 100 Director William P. Foster. He highstepped in the band as a Rattler student and then went on to earn master’s and doctoral degrees, as Foster did.

For ten years, he led the Miami Central Rocket Marching Band and modeled its drills on Foster’s examples. He then returned to FAMU as a music professor and worked his way up to become the second-in-command behind Marching 100 Director Julian White, the man who had succeeded Foster.

So when FAMU’s interim administration turned Chipman down for the band directorship this year and opted to reopen the search, many Rattlers were outraged.

FAMU alumnus and former state senator Alfred “Al” Lawson directed very strong criticism against Interim President Larry Robinson. He suggested that the interim administration might be bending to outside pressures that are suspicious of Chipman simply because he was on the Marching 100's staff when the hazing death of band member Robert Champion took place in 2011.

“You should not let the politics of the band situation prevent a person of his caliber from getting the job,” Lawson told reporter Tampa Bay Times reporter Tia Mitchell.

But former FAMU President Frederick S. Humphries disagrees with Lawson. He thinks that Robinson made the right decision when he chose to reopen the search.

Saturday, October 06, 2012

Humphries delivers the Rattler Charge during Founders Day Convocation

FAMU alumna Johnitta Wells captured former President Frederick S. Humphries' delivery of the Rattler Charge during Wednesday's Founders Day Convocation.