According to the Times, Lawson “said that he reached the decision to apply for the FAMU presidency just this week after being encouraged by others to apply. The school needs an apt fundraiser, who can help recruit students and has the connections among the elected officials who control the purse strings at the Capitol, he said.”
“I don’t know anyone who can do that any better than I can,” Lawson told the Times.
Lawson, 65, is a successful insurance executive and business man. He represented Tallahassee and Leon County in the Florida Legislature for 28 years from 1982-2011.
During his time in the Legislature he was an avid supporter of FAMU, guiding through legislation to establish the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering and reestablish the FAMU College of Law in 2000. He can be credited with the renovation and construction of many facilities across the campus including the School of Journalism and Graphic Communication Building, New Developmental Research School, Multi-Purpose Teaching Gymnasium (that bears his name), University Commons Renovation, Gore Education Complex Remodeling, Jones Hall Remodeling, Tucker Hall Remodeling, College of Law (Orlando) and Pharmacy Phase II.
The FAMU Board of Trustees will discuss the pool of applications on Jan. 3. It has scheduled interviews for Jan. 6.