|Adam Putnam at 2016 Spring FAMU Commencement|
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.