Florida A&M U Trustees Defy Scott, Do Not Suspend Ammons

Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Florida A&M University's board of trustees rebuffed Gov. Rick Scott on Monday by refusing to suspend university president James Ammons amid an investigation into the hazing death of student Robert Champion. The trustees, in fact, spent just minutes on the issue despite Scott's continuing pressure for them to suspend Ammons. FAMU trustees Chairman Solomon Badger set the mood during the teleconference when he said: "There have been a lot of outside forces making recommendations about the matter … We will stand firm against outside influence — regardless of how well intended ..." Badger insisted that any change to Ammons' position be "fact based and result from a deliberative process." He pointed out that investigations are still ongoing.

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