FAMU Interim President Commended By Board of Governors

Updated by: Lanetra Bennett
March 27, 2013

Tallahassee, FL - Accreditation issues, the organization audit, and a corrective action plan.

All three are things that The Florida Board of Governors says FAMU needs to address.

This afternoon, university administrators did just that.

Members of the Board of Governors commended FAMU's Interim president for being forthcoming and helpful throughout the turnaround process. Today, Dr. Larry Robinson got the opportunity to publicly tell the board just how hard the university has been working.

FAMU Interim President Dr. Larry Robinson says administrators at FAMU have been working for more than a year to correct audit, safety, and financial issues at the university.

Dr. Robinson says, "We have every able body engaged, faculty, staff, and even students, contributing to our efforts."

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges--known as SACS, placed FAMU on one year probation in December.

During the Florida Board of Governors meeting held on FAMU's campus Wednesday, Chancellor Frank Brogan says key focuses should be: compliance, reporting to the compliance officer, finance, academic and accreditation, and hazing and student conduct.

Dr. Robinson says, "We've added to our staff a special assistant to the president. We've added new personnel in Student Affairs. We're working on the judicial side of the house. We're very very close to compliance officer for the music department."

Dr. Robinson says they're also working on the corrective action plan in regards to the audit.

Education Chancellor, Frank Brogan, says, "The ultimate motivation is to make certain that as Florida A&M themselves clearly understand their need for corrective action on a variety of fronts works at those issues that we as partners at the state level know what those issues are and don't simply say to Florida A&M good luck with those."

FAMU's Board of Trustees Chairman, Solomon Badger, says "stabilization" is the name of the game. When a BOG member asked when will FAMU be stabilized, Badger said in a year to a year and a half.

By: Lanetra Bennett
March 27, 2013

Tallahassee, FL - Members of the Florida Board of Governors commended FAMU Interim President Dr. Larry Robinson during this afternoon's meeting.

They said that Robinson has done a great job with being forthcoming and helpful as FAMU tries to correct issues regarding the university's audit and accreditation.

Dr. Robinson told the board that administrators have been working hard to resolve issues for a while. He clarified that FAMU remains accredited but is on probation.

FAMU's Board of Trustees Chairman, Solomon Badger, says he expects the university to be back stable in a year to a year and a half.

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