Interviews for FAMU Anti-Hazing Special Assistant and Band Director Underway

Tallahassee, FL - More than 70 applicants for the Anti-Hazing assistant at FAMU have been narrowed down.

The final three candidates had on-campus interviews Wednesday.

Glenn Sapp says if he becomes the Special Assistant to the President for Anti-Hazing at FAMU, his approach to ending hazing would be to be a servant leader.

"Along with working with the media, lots of education, and lastly, being a career law man and FAMU alumni, the enforcement aspect of it." Says, Sapp.

Sapp, the Quincy Assistant Police Chief, is one of three finalists for the position.

Administrators say the person would address hazing issues and bring them to the attention to the university president.

A committee member asked, "At what point would you contact the president in cases of hazing allegations and investigations?" Sapp responded, "I would anticipate being in contact with the president on a daily basis."

Five finalists had interviews electronically. The final three had individual face-to-face interviews with separate committees of faculty, staff, and students Wednesday.

Search Committee Chairperson Gita Pitter says, "It's really critical that we get the voice of all components to be heard. The committee process itself is intended to really bring out the best candidates for this position."

Dr. Pitter says they're looking for leadership skills, investigative or compliance work experience, and people skills, among other things.

Candidate Bryan Smith, who's in the legal and education fields, is on the Dekalb County Board of Ethics.

Candidate Ebony Edwards is a consultant and agent in Baltimore, Maryland.

The screening chairperson says they expect to have someone hired by the beginning of next year.

Interviews for the Director of Marching and Pep Bands are also underway.

Interviews are scheduled for November 27 through November 30. The search committee hopes to complete the process before FAMU closes for the Christmas holiday to submit a recommendation to the President.

Candidates include: Richard Beckford, a high school band director in Pompano Beach, Florida; Penn State assistant band director Gregory Drane; Jorim Reid, North Carolina Central University Band Director; and Shelby Chipman, who an associate music professor at FAMU.

Tallahassee, FL - Interviews are underway at FAMU for the Special Assistant to the President for Anti-Hazing. This is a new position and this person would address any hazing issues and bring them to the attention of the university president.

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