Search is on for Key Positions at FAMU

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By: Lanetra Bennett
February 6, 2013

Tallahassee, FL - FAMU is still in the process of filling several key positions on campus.

Having a new band director in place at FAMU is just one of the things that Interim President Dr. Larry Robinson says has to be in place before the Marching 100 can come off suspension.

FAMU student Alain Alexandre says he hopes the band comes back soon. "I feel like the school lost a lot of school spirit. The spirit that only the band can bring."

The band was suspended and Band Director Dr. Julian White resigned after the November 2011 hazing death of drum major Robert Champion.

Administrators have officially reopened the search for a new band director after not being able to negotiate with candidate Jorim Reid from North Carolina Central University in January.

Assistant Marching 100 director Dr. Shelby Chipman's application is still in the pool.

Interim Provost and chairman of the Band Director Search Committee Rodner Wright says, "It really requires the care that we put in all of our faculty searches. Until such time as we find the ideal candidate, then we will continue to search."

The deadline for the band director position is March 1st.

Administrators are working to find a university president.

The chairman of the FAMU Board of Trustees, Solomon Badger, says, "We're looking for a person who has hopefully experience in leadership, experience in budgeting, and one who can wrap his arms around the whole FAMU community."

Badger says they hope to have a few strong candidates by the end of March and a university president in place by the beginning of the Fall semester.

The university has also reopened its search for a campus police chief. Former chief Calvin Ross retired last May.

Administrators say the goal is to have the police chief search completed by April.

FAMU Release: FAMU Reopens National Search for a New Director of Marching and Pep Bands

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida A&M University (FAMU) continues its national search for a new Director of Marching and Pep Bands. The position has been reopened and the deadline to apply is March 1, 2013.

The university started the process in June 2012 by posting an advertisement on its website to solicit candidates for the position. Since then, the job description has been posted in the Chronicle of Higher Education and Diverse Issues in Higher Education. The university's goal is to hire a new band director before the end of the spring 2013 semester, said Interim President Larry Robinson. The new Director of Marching and Pep Bands will play a lead role in implementing new policies and procedures that are critical to the future of the Marching “100,” which has been suspended for the 2012-13 academic year.

Interim Provost Rodner Wright will continue to serve as chairman of the search committee, which consists of 13 members and include faculty, staff, students and alumni.

“We want an individual with outstanding experience in band management, the proven ability to educate and inspire students to excel in the classroom and in the traditions of FAMU's renowned performance style, and the capacity to lead and mentor faculty, staff and other colleagues,” said Robinson. “We desire someone with unrelenting commitment to our core values, and unwavering resolve to eliminate hazing from the band and FAMU. The ideal candidate would have the ability to promote the values of respect and dignity among all members of the Marching “100.”

The new director will report to the chairman of the FAMU Department of Music. That is a change from the previous director, who also served as department chairman. Robinson explained that would add an extra layer of supervision. Qualifications should include a terminal degree in music and experience teaching and conducting at the collegiate level. It will be a full-time, tenure-track position and the academic rank will be commensurate with the person's experience and expertise.

The new director will oversee all aspects of the marching and pep bands. Specific duties and responsibilities include overseeing all activities of band student organizations and ensembles; providing creative direction; recruiting students for membership; teaching the marching band courses and other courses as needed; planning and directing the summer high school band camp; fund raising; planning and executing the band's travel to athletics events and other events that have been approved by the University and functioning as the liaison between the Athletics Department, the Division of Student Affairs and the Department of Music.

The director will work closely with the Department of Music Compliance Officer, a newly created position. Together, they will ensure that staff and members of the Marching and Pep Bands are made aware of and comply with the University's policies and procedures regarding anti-hazing, academic requirements, rehearsal hours and travel.

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