FAMU removes fourth dean in two days

By: Alicia Turner
May 2. 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Another dean is out at Florida A&M University.

Tuesday, interim provost Rodner Wright replaced law school head, Angela Felecia Epps. She has served as dean for just 16 months.The law school's former dean, Leroy Pernell, is taking over in the interim. This move comes just one day after FAMU replaced deans of its Journalism, Pharmacy and Education schools.

Some students say they support whatever is best for FAMU.

"As a student I’m not exactly privy to all of the back door dealings, that's above my pay grade. I understand my university, and I trust them to make the right decision to put me and the rest of the student body where we need to be at the end of undergrad and graduate school,” said Jonathan Blackman.

Janine Alexander said, “"I hope they are doing it for progressive purposes and not for egotistical purposes. I feel like sometimes in the past thing have been more about ego, than it has been about actual progress."

Now not everyone supports these decisions. Many are taking to social media, to speak out against the changes.

On Facebook, Eric W said: "I am extremely disappointed in this course of action. This is in no way a good move for the university."

Delleon M wrote, "If it wasn't for the support, love, care and leadership of Dean Ann Wead Kimbrough, I might not have graduated from FAMU SJGC."

Brittany G. posted on Twitter, “Extremely disappointed in FAMU, leadership once again.".

The university released a statement Tuesday. It said the now former deans will retain their status as tenured professors, and that interim deans will meet with stakeholders and students to discuss the next steps. However, FAMU did not give a date for when that would happen. The university has also not made any comment on the reason for these sudden changes.


By: WCTV Eyewitness News
May 2, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Florida A&M University appointed an interim dean of the College of Law Tuesday.

This is the fourth faculty position that has been reassigned in two days.

Interim Provost Rodner Wright issued the following statement:

On May 2, Professor LeRoy Pernell was named interim dean of the Florida A&M University College of Law. Pernell previously served as dean from 2008-2015.

On May 1, the following Florida A&M University faculty were also selected to serve as interim deans:

• Seth Ablordeppey, Ph.D., interim dean of the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

• Lady Dhyana Ziegler, Ph.D., DCJ, interim dean of the School of Journalism & Graphic Communication

• Patricia Green-Powell, Ph.D., interim dean of the College of Education

"The former deans of the respective colleges and schools will retain their status as tenured professors. This week, I will continue to meet with faculty as we review our academic programs. Interim deans are also meeting with stake holders and students to discuss next steps as the University works to ensure that all academic units are aligned with our strategic priorities," says Wright.


By: WCTV Eyewitness News
May 1, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Florida A&M University is making changes in leadership to three of its top schools.

The university has removed the deans of the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, the School of Journalism & Graphic Communication, and the the College of Education.

The university appointed interim deans for the respective colleges and schools Monday.

Interim Provost Rodner Wright issued the following statement:

Effective May 1, 2017, the following Florida A&M University faculty will serve as interim deans:

• Seth Ablordeppey, Ph.D., interim dean of the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

• Lady Dhyana Ziegler, Ph.D., DCJ, interim dean of the School of Journalism & Graphic Communication

• Patricia Green-Powell, Ph.D., interim dean of the College of Education

"I am meeting with faculty at each of the respective colleges and schools as we review our academic programs," says Wright.

The office at the School of Journalism confirmed that the dean is being reassigned.

Dr. Ann Kimbrough served as the dean at the the School of Journalism & Graphic Communication for nearly five years.



 
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