|The design for the Phase III building of the current FAMU-FSU College of Engineering|
New FAMU President Elmira Mangum reminded the State of Florida of that price tag on Wednesday in a letter that she sent to Gov. Rick Scott.
She began the letter by explaining that FAMU opposes the legislative proposal to split the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering. That proposed change was introduced into the Florida Senate budget by Sen. John E. Thrasher.
Thrasher wants to give FSU its own independent College of Engineering. He says that FAMU can keep the current facility in Innovation Park and the annual operational budget of $10.9M. But that money pays mainly for costs such as utilities and maintenance. For example, FAMU uses that money to pay the salaries of all the employees in the Building Services Department (e.g.: the custodial supervisor and janitors).