Thursday, May 17, 2018
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
|Source: FSU Office of Institutional Research|
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, April 18, 2018
|U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson speaking at the FAMU School of the Environment in 2017|
That effort helped secure a multi-million dollar increase in Title III money for HBCUs.
But much more work needs to be done. Florida A&M University alumnus and U.S. Rep. Al Lawson recently introduced the HBCU Parity Act. Nelson should introduce a companion bill for that proposed act in the U.S. Senate.
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
According to a press release by the governor’s office: “This bill directs the City of Tallahassee to provide $500,000 in relief to Christopher Cannon for injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident caused by a City of Tallahassee Dial-A-Ride vehicle.”
The bill filed by Alexander, an alumnus of Florida A&M University, states that Cannon received a $700,000 court settlement in the case and the City of Tallahassee paid him $200,000, which was the most it provide “under the statutory limits of liability set forth in s. 768.28, Florida Statues.”
Now that Scott has signed Alexander’s bill into law, Cannon will receive the remaining $500,000 of the settlement money from the state.
Thursday, March 22, 2018
“I appreciate Gov. Scott’s signing of SB 1712,” Alexander said in a quote in the Tallahassee Democrat. “Allowing Florida A&M University access to participate in the Historically Black College and University Capital Funding Program for future capital outlay projects is a huge step for the university in achieving infrastructure development goals and the highest educational success. This bill allows the university to take necessary steps to help ensure that.”
Alexander and Sen. Bill Montford, D-Tallahassee, filed identical versions of the bill in their respective chambers. The House substituted the Senate version, SB 1712, for its version, CS/HB 375, on March 5th. The bill was later enrolled and presented to governor on that same day.
FAMU President Larry Robinson and the Board of Trustees want to seek a HBCU Capital Financing Program loan to finance a planned 700-bed, on-campus student housing facility.
Saturday, January 06, 2018
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.
Saturday, November 04, 2017
Damage to a Florida Keys neighborhood caused by Hurricane Irma
Without the governor’s consent before the beginning of November, SNAP recipients in Florida between the ages of 18 and 50 who are not disabled and do not have dependents will be limited to SNAP benefits for 3 months in any 3-year period when not employed or in a work or training program.
“In response to the devastation of Hurricane Irma, your Administration ceased enforcement of this time limit for the months of September and October in the 48 FEMA declared disaster counties throughout the State,” Lawson said. “This move allowed the most vulnerable of Floridians to rebuild their lives without the worry of losing their SNAP benefit, and this policy must be continued.”
Saturday, September 16, 2017
“One of the most effective ways we can immediately help those impacted by the hurricane is by making sure that people have access to food,” said Lawson. “By making these additional requests, similar to those made by Texas after Hurricane Harvey, we can ensure that food assistance is part of our comprehensive recovery efforts.”
Thursday, August 03, 2017
At that time, alumni only held three of the 11 appointed seats on the BOT, down from six the previous year. Now, there are only two appointed alumni trustees at FAMU. But at both the University of Florida and Florida State University, alumni hold the majority of the 11 appointed seats.
“We have a lot of talented graduates from FAMU,” FAMU NAA President Gregory L. Clark said in a 2016 interview with WCTV-6. “I think we should take a hard look and tap into some of the talent that is out there. All we’re asking for is a fair shot at looking at some of our graduates out there to serve on the board of trustees.”
Saturday, June 10, 2017
“Upon the release of President Trump’s budget, we are deeply concerned about the proposal to “re-balance the Federal/State partnership in SNAP benefits to low-income households,” the representatives wrote. “This proposal will shift 25 percent of SNAP costs to the State of Florida by 2023. More than two-thirds of SNAP households include children, seniors, individuals with disabilities and low-wage workers. SNAP is essential to keeping poor and vulnerable Floridians from going hungry. At a time when Florida’s budget is already strained, this has the potential to drastically affect how our constituents are served, and we are requesting information on how your administration intends to respond.”
The Florida delegation members who signed the letter included U.S. Reps. Al Lawson (FL-5), Charlie Crist (FL-13), Lois Frankel (FL-21), Darren Soto (FL-9), Frederica Wilson (FL-24), Val Demings (FL-10), Ted Deutch (FL-22), Alcee Hastings (FL-23), and Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23).
Monday, June 05, 2017
New College of Florida, which isn’t classified as a university but is still part of the State University System of Florida, also escaped line item vetoes from Scott.
FAMU’s line items in this year’s appropriations bill include: $1.5M for the Crestview Education Center, $1M for “increasing online course offerings,” and $3.5M for the Center for Access and Student Success.
Out of all the public universities that took line item vetoes, Florida Polytechnic had the smallest amount removed. It lost $150,000 for a “Feasibility Study to Relocate the Florida Highway Patrol Academy to” its campus.
View the full list of line item vetoes here.
Monday, April 03, 2017
A recent poll by the Saint Leo University showed that Republican Gov. Rick Scott is within the margin of error in a potential 2018 general election challenge against incumbent U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, a Democrat.
The poll asked respondents whom they would support if the November 2018 election was being that day and they were presented with a choice between Scott and Nelson for Senate. The results were close, with Nelson’s support at 38.7 percent compared to Scott at 34.3 percent. Nearly 17 percent could not decide, and 10.3 percent said they want someone else.
Sunday, December 11, 2016
Kelvin Lawson, chair of the FAMU Board of Trustees and a participant in the meeting, said he was encouraged by the session and believes it was very productive.
“I thought it was a good forum. The governor has been very interested in higher education in the state, very interested in job creation, and very interested in making sure that when students graduate from one of our institutions that there is a job available to them, primarily in the State of Florida,” said Lawson, who is a FAMU alumnus.
Saturday, November 12, 2016
“We are incredibly grateful for the service and sacrifice of our veterans, and we must take every opportunity to thank and honor these brave service men and women,” Scott said.
Sanchez, a member of the FAMU Class of 1964, was commissioned into the U.S. Army through FAMU’s Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) Program. He is a Vietnam veteran and Purple Heart recipient whose countless, inexhaustible volunteer hours supporting veterans in need has earned him statewide honors. A respected leader in the Military Order of the Purple Heart, he serves as chairman and CEO of the non-profit Florida Veterans Foundation, which provides emergency assistance to veterans in crisis.
Monday, May 16, 2016
Back on August 23, 2014, the Tallahassee Democrat ran a story that included the following comments that Mangum made about FAMU Trustee Rufus Montgomery, who Gov. Rick Scott appointed in 2011: “Reminded that Montgomery is closely affiliated with Gov. Rick Scott, who appointed him to FAMU’s board, Mangum responded: ‘What does that say about the people that appointed him?’”
The governor won his reelection race just over two months after Mangum made that statement about Rufus in the Democrat. Mangum later agreed to continue the tradition of hosting the Inaugural Prayer Breakfast on the FAMU campus. But Rufus, who was then vice-chairman of the Board of Trustees, said the president refused to let the university reimburse the travel expenses of certain trustees who wanted to attend the prayer breakfast.
Friday, May 13, 2016
The end of Warren’s time on the BOT came after he chose to keep silent about FAMU President Elmira Mangum’s slights against top Republican politicians in the state of Florida.
Warren didn’t lift a finger to help when FAMU lost budget authority for the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering after 28 years or after the vice-president for audit and compliance reported “potential interference” in his work. He also didn’t speak out about the terrible media relations by the current administration.
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
confirmed the appointments of Matt Carter and Nicole Washington to the Florida A&M University Board of Trustees.
Carter, an appointee of Gov. Rick Scott, was confirmed for a term that ends on January 6, 2018. Washington, an appointee of the Florida Board of Governors (BOG), was confirmed for a term that ends on January 6, 2020.
Sunday, February 07, 2016
Back when the BOT voted to hire Mangum in 2014, Rattler Nation wrote about how FAMU presidents have faced tough challenges ever since the Republicans gained control of the legislature and governorship in the 1990s.
Wednesday, February 03, 2016
On December 18, Scott appointed Carter to the FAMU Board of Trustees (BOT). There’s already talk in Tallahassee that moving Carter from the BOG to FAMU is part of an effort to fast-track him into the FAMU chairmanship in time for a likely presidential search in the upcoming months. June 30, 2016 is the deadline for a discussion on whether President Elmira Mangum’s employment will be renewed. She began a three-year contract on April 1, 2014.
Carter’s former colleagues on the BOG can create a vacancy in the FAMU chairmanship as soon as they get ready. Current Chairman Cleve Warren’s term expired more than a year ago on January 6, 2015.
Friday, January 22, 2016
Lt. Col. Gregory L. Clark, the newly elected president of the Florida A&M University National Alumni Association (NAA), is speaking out against that different treatment of FAMU. According to WCTV-6, Clark “says the lower number of alumni on the board does not mirror other universities in the state system.”
“We have a lot of talented graduates from FAMU,” Clark said in an interview with the TV station. “I think we should take a hard look and tap into some of the talent that is out there. All we’re asking for is a fair shot at looking at some of our graduates out there to serve on the board of trustees.”