Showing posts with label rick scott. Show all posts
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Sunday, February 07, 2016

Warren’s silence on Mangum’s slights toward state GOP officials sends message

Florida A&M University receives its annual appropriations from a legislature that has a Republican majority. The relationship between the FAMU president’s office and the state GOP leadership went downhill during Elmira Mangum’s first year at the university and is continuing its steady decline. But current FAMU Board of Trustees (BOT) Chairman Cleve Warren has shown no signs of caring.

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

Carter gets big pat on the back from Scott after publicly mocking FAMU alumni lawmakers

Former Board of Governors (BOG) member Matthew Carter II has received a big pat on the back from Gov. Rick Scott after loudly scolding Florida A&M University alumni lawmakers who expressed concern about their alma mater in August.

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

Clark says small number of alumni on FAMU Board of Trustees unacceptable

At both the University of Florida and Florida State University, alumni have ten of the 11 appointed seats on the respective Boards of Trustees. But FAMU alumni only have three of the 11 appointed seats on their alma mater’s Board of Trustees (BOT), down from six last year.

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.”

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Alumni lawmakers still ignoring decision to reduce FAMU alumni to minority in appointed BOT seats

Florida A&M University has gone from having six of the 11 appointed seats on its Board of Trustees filled by alumni in 2015 to now only three. At both the University of Florida and Florida State University, alumni have ten of the 11 appointed seats.

But the alumni lawmakers of FAMU still haven’t publicly taken Gov. Rick Scott or the Florida Board of Governors (BOG) to task for this.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Four FAMU BOT members’ terms have expired

The terms of four sitting trustees at Florida A&M University have expired.

Those trustees are: Kelvin Lawson, Belinda Shannon, Cleve Warren, and Karl White. The Board of Trustees (BOT) also has a seat that has been vacant ever since Spurgeon McWilliams stepped down on Oct. 28.

The appointment decisions that Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Board of Governors (BOG) make will carry high stakes for FAMU President Elmira Mangum. June 30, 2016 is the deadline for a discussion on whether Mangum’s employment will be renewed. She began a three-year contract on April 1, 2014.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Alumni lawmakers letting Scott, BOG, and Thrasher run over FAMU

In 2015, FAMU lost control of a multi-million dollar college budget after 28 years and saw its alumni become a minority in the 11 appointed university Board of Trustees seats.

If any of those things had happened to the University of Florida, Florida State University, or the University of South Florida, their alumni lawmakers would be up in arms. But the FAMU alumni in the Florida Legislature have remained quiet about these attacks against the university.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

FAMU deserves to have alumni in most of its 11 appointed BOT seats just like UF, FSU, and USF

Gov. Rick Scott and BOG Chairman Thomas Kuntz
Currently, only three of the 11 appointed seats on the FAMU Board of Trustees are filled by alumni. At both the University of Florida and Florida State University, alumni have ten of the 11 appointed seats.

Alumni of the University of South Florida have eight of the 11 appointed seats on its Board of Trustees.

The small number of FAMU alumni that the Florida Governor’s Office and Board of Governors (BOG) have chosen to appoint to the FAMU Board of Trustees is an insult. It suggests that FAMU doesn’t have as many alumni who are up to the task of leadership as UF, FSU, and USF.

FAMU deserves to have most of its 11 appointed BOT seats filled by alumni just as much as UF, FSU, and USF do.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

FAMU only has 3 appointed alumni trustees, UF has 10

Gov. Rick Scott speaks before the Board of Governors
The Florida Governor’s Office and Board of Governors (BOG) have treated the state’s two land-grant universities very differently when it comes to appointing alumni trustees. 

The governor’s office and BOG have appointed ten alumni to the Board of Trustees at the University of Florida. But they have only appointed three alumni to the Board of Trustees at Florida A&M, the only public historically black university in the state.  

Friday, December 18, 2015

Scott appoints three to FAMU Board of Trustees

(L-R) Matthew Carter, David Lawrence, Jr., and Gary McCoy
Today, Gov. Rick Scott announced three appointments to the Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University Board of Trustees.

Sunday, November 08, 2015

Travel reimbursement dispute over Governor’s Prayer Breakfast preceded BOT shakeup

Joe Bullard, Elmira Mangum, Chuck Badger, and Gayle Andrews at the 2015 Inaugural Prayer Breakfast
A set of emails that POLITICO Florida obtained show that a bitter dispute over travel reimbursements for certain FAMU trustees who wanted to attended the January 6, 2015 Inaugural Prayer Breakfast preceded a major shakeup on the board.

At the time of the prayer breakfast in honor of Gov. Rick Scott’s election to a second term, FAMU President Elmira Mangum appeared to be working to mend fences with him.

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 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?’”

Friday, October 23, 2015

Students protest as Scott prepares to make appointments that will decide Mangum’s fate

Back in 2011, FAMU Student Body President Breyon Love led close to 1,200 students in a march to the Florida Governor’s Mansion to protest Gov. Rick Scott’s request for the university Board of Trustees to suspend President James H. Ammons. Scott asked the board to take that action seven days after it rejected a motion by Trustee Rufus Montgomery to place Ammons on administrative leave.

Yesterday, Rufus’ attempt to get rid of the president who succeeded Ammons led to another student protest and a march to the governor’s office.

Saturday, October 03, 2015

Boyce steps down from FAMU Board of Trustees after 14 months

Lucas Boyce left the FAMU Board of Trustees on Monday after serving 14 months of a three and half year term.

Boyce informed Chairman Rufus Montgomery of his decision to step down in a letter on Sept. 28. He didn’t provide details about why he chose to leave.

“Please let this communication serve as notice to you and the rest of the Trustees of my resignation from the board of FAMU University,” he wrote.

Gov. Rick Scott originally appointed Boyce on July 21, 2014. His appointment was to end on January 6, 2018.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Mangum likely to have few defenders left on FAMU Board of Trustees by January

The next round of term expirations on the FAMU Board of Trustees could make it even harder for Elmira Mangum to keep her administrative ship above water.

Back in April, Rufus Montgomery won the chairmanship of the Board of Trustees with a 9-4 victory against Cleve Warren. The vote count showed the split between the trustees who were supporters of Mangum and those who either want her gone or appear to be losing patience with her.

Rufus has been Mangum’s biggest headache on the Board of Trustees since her contract negotiations last year. He was a leader in the unsuccessful attempts to set her starting salary at $325,000 instead of the $425,000 she wanted and also to try to deny her a tenured position in the FAMU College of Education.

Mangum and Rufus went on to clash at Board of Trustees meetings with Rufus telling her during an August 11, 2014 conference call that the board could cut off her microphone. According to a Tallahassee Democrat article that ran later that month: “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?’”

Monday, July 27, 2015

Mangum’s attempts to mend fences with Scott too little, too late

Gov. Rick Scott could make Elmira Mangum’s problems with the FAMU Board of Trustees go away with only a minimal amount of effort on his part. But she doesn’t have much of a chance of getting any help from him after what she said last year.

Back on August 23, 2014, the Tallahassee Democrat ran a story that included the following comments that Mangum made about Trustee Rufus Montgomery: “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?’”

Scott appointed Rufus to the FAMU Board of Trustees back in 2011. 

That statement to the Tallahassee Democrat might have seemed like a good idea to Mangum back when the polls were showing that Scott was in a neck-and-neck race with former Gov. Charlie Crist for the governorship. But Scott won his bid for reelection just over two months after that statement was published.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Scott spares all FAMU’s PECO line items for second consecutive year

Gov. Rick Scott and First Lady Ann Scott at the Inaugural Prayer Breakfast at FAMU in 2015
Gov. Rick Scott has spared all of FAMU’s line items from the Public Education Capital Outlay (PECO) fund for the second consecutive year.

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.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Joyner denounces Scott’s planned lawsuit against Obama administration

On Thursday, FAMU alumna and Florida Senate Democratic Leader Arthenia Joyner (D-Tampa) sharply condemned Gov. Rick Scott’s plan to sue the Obama administration for allegedly trying to strong-arm the state into expanding Medicaid.

“Today’s grandstanding underscores his commitment to wasting Florida’s tax dollars to get what he wants, at whatever cost,” said Joyner, who, together with the Senate Democratic Caucus has joined the Senate Republicans in supporting the Florida Senate’s healthcare expansion plan. “This is all about scoring points against [U.S. President Barack Obama]. It has nothing to do with protecting ‘the healthcare of Floridians’ or ‘their right to be free from federal overreach.’”

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Scott selects Woody to replace Badger on FAMU Board of Trustees

As expected for months, Gov. Rick Scott has given FAMU Board of Trustees Chairman Solomon L. Badger, III the boot.

Yesterday, Scott announced Robert Woody as Badger’s replacement on the FAMU board. If confirmed by the Florida Senate, Woody will serve until January 6, 2020.

Back in February, Scott also reappointed Woody to the Santa Fe College District Board of Trustees for term ending May 31, 2018. According to the Tallahassee Democrat, a Scott spokesman said Woody will serve as a board member at both FAMU and Santa Fe if senators confirm both of his appointments.

Woody, 61, of Gainesville, is a retired deputy secretary of the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the State University at Oneonta.

Badger was first appointed to a three-year term on the board by former Gov. Charlie Crist in 2007. Crist then reappointed him in 2010. He was elected chairman of the board 2011 and then reelected in 2013.

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Mangum opens Scott’s inauguration day with prayerful welcome to FAMU

Yesterday morning, FAMU President Elmira Mangum officiated the opening of the first event of Gov. Rick Scott’s second inauguration, the Inaugural Prayer Breakfast. She formally introduced Scott and Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera and asked the audience to give them a standing ovation as they walked into Jake Gaither Gymnasium with their families.

Mangum then offered the following welcome:

“Gov. Scott, God has called upon you to lead us and has committed into your hands as governor of the State of Florida, the wellbeing of all its citizens. We, here at FAMU, stand ready to assist you. You have been chosen by the people of this great state. And I ask you to seek God’s wisdom and to govern with strength, courage, and a tender heart.

In Matthew 12:50 it is written: ‘For whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother, and my sister, and my mother.’

Saturday, January 03, 2015

Scott’s second term to begin with FAMU prayer breakfast

First Lady Ann Scott and Gov. Rick Scott at FAMU prayer breakfast in 2011
Florida governors have launched their inaugural festivities at FAMU for almost 30 years. Gov. Rick Scott will continue the tradition by kicking off his second term with an Inaugural Prayer Breakfast at FAMU.  

The event will take place at the Jake Gaither Gymnasium at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 6, 2015.

Monday, December 01, 2014

USDOE civil rights office expresses concerns about possible FAMU-FSU engineering split

Catherine Lhamon, USDOE Asst. Sec. for Civil Rights
The Obama administration has officially informed the State of Florida about its reservations concerning the possible split of the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering.

According to a preliminary report by CBT University Consulting, the firm hired to study the college for the Board of Governors (BOG), “[U.S. Department of Education] Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Catherine Lhamon, in a letter to Governor Rick Scott dated April 25, 2014, expressed concern that separation of the Joint College was under consideration.”

Lhamon’s office is responsible for enforcing the consent decree that Florida entered into with the former Civil Rights Office of the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (HEW). During the year 1973, the HEW civil rights office ordered Florida to either begin complying in honesty with Congressional laws that mandated the desegregation of higher education or lose $70M in federal money. If inflation is taken into account, that $70M from 1973 would be about $370M today.