"FAMU Divided" is the headline on the school paper. After a long-running feud, the Board of Trustees voted not to renew the contract of President Fred Gainous. For his part, the soon-to-be former president is taking it in stride.
Fred Gainous says, “I believe that Florida A&M University is an outstanding institution with great students, great faculty and probably more underutilized potential than any university in the state university system.”
Ten deans left under Gainous and the athletic department was millions over budget. Fred Gainous inherited a school that was an administrative nightmare; financial aid checks were always late, the books were a mess. He also got a board chairman who wanted his job.
Most students seem untouched by the change.
Stacy Anders says, “I was here under President Humphries as well as Gainous, so you know, I’ve noticed slight changes, you know, I’m just trying to get my education.”
Barney Bishop was one of four trustees that voted not to fire the president and says, "I think it’s gonna hurt the university for a long time. I had a college president call me and said it’s probably going to take two or three presidents for us to get past all of the problems we have at FAMU.”
Gainous says the school has 70 percent of the money it needs, but his successor has to be strong to survive.
“Do everything you can to establish an environment in which the administration and the president can work unobstructed, unobstructed.”
Unless the board reverses its decision, Gainous will become a full-tenure professor in January.