FAMU Presidential Search Is On

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Just who will be the next head Rattler? A selection of candidates for the permanent post is not yet determined.

FAMU Trustee R.B. Holmes is confident the right person will be selected to carry the torch.

"We want this process to be very transparent, very thoughtful and very truthful. This search will be done with a lot of dignity, discipline and liberation," says Holmes.

A five-member search committee, along with an 11-member advisory board, are now formed.

FAMU student Andrew Collins is on that advisory board, bringing the interests of students to the table.

"The student body at Florida A&M University is comprised of roughly 13,000 to 14,000 students, and they want their opinions to be heard in this search. They don't want a person who has been selected solely on the opinions of the administration," says Collins.

Faculty Senate President Mary Diallo is glad to see the search underway.

"We're very happy that the process has begun and I think the fact that it's going to be very transparent and inclusive will make a lot of us happy," says Diallo.

Trustee Holmes says a list of potential candidates should be complete by December. FAMU Interim President Castell Bryant says she does not plan to seek the permanent post.