FAMU: Ammons Evaluation Will Take Several Months

By: The News Service of Florida
By: The News Service of Florida

June 14, 2012 -

The chairman of the state university system Board of Governors is reviewing a response from Florida A&M University on how it intends to move forward with an annual evaluation for embattled President James Ammons, that indicates it may be several months before the review is finished, a BOG spokeswoman said Thursday. FAMU Trustees Chairman Solomon Badger wrote earlier this week to Board of Governors Chairman Dean Colson assuring him that the school was moving forward with an evaluation, but indicating it may not be until late in the fall before it completes the review. "Between July 1 and Oct. 31 the board will develop a process and conduct an evaluation for the president as required by his employment contract," Badger wrote. He also indicated that FAMU trustees would review proposed goals Ammons and the board have set forth once university officials have a better idea of what the university's budget is. The budget will be approved by the Board of Governors at its meeting next week. Colson and others have been critical of Ammons and the university's handling of a number of issues, particularly audits which were determined to have been done fraudulently. The school is also in the midst of heavy scrutiny over the hazing death of a band member. When asked if Badger's letter on FAMU's plan for Ammons' evaluation satisfied Colson, spokeswoman Kelly Layman said he was reviewing the letter but likely would wait until after the Board’s regular three-day meeting in Orlando next week before evaluating the need for any further communications. The FAMU audit and other issues involving the Tallahassee university are on the Board’s agenda.

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  • by TallyVoter on Jun 15, 2012 at 01:41 AM
    It will take months because there is a lot of dirt to dig up.
  • by Vicki Location: Tallahassee on Jun 14, 2012 at 09:30 PM
    This just keeps getting funnier. SERIOUSLY, you need 5 months to develop an evaluation and carry out that evaluation. The evaluations process is specified in his contract. How many years has Ammoms been President? Shouldn't he have had at least one of these evaluations. Reckon they need that much time to come up with a story and rehearse it so they all say the same thing...

    He can't allow the evaluation
    to go through. Hazing (at professors homes, apartments, busses, etc.), murder, non-students getting (my federal tax dollar) to travel, beat and kill another student(s).

    My personal role with FAMU was to purchase dual enrollment textbooks for our high school students. They attended TCC, FSU and FAMU. I did this for 23 years. I think I paid FAMU 3 times during that time frame. NEVER had trouble with billing from other stores. The last manager I talked to told me not to worry about it, they would just write it off.

    And this school has the audacity to think it can teach anyonep. What makes matters worse is that you have them brainwashed (vibrating band perhaps) into thinking they are smart. Read some of your FAMU graduate/student's posts. IT MAKES NO SENSE999

    Then we come To the mismanagement of money. FAMU could not manage their way out of a paper bag. Scholarships, Bright Futures and any other financial aid duelly earned by the student is withheld for a vast excuse. Most of the time they get it right before the semester.
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      by Anonymous on Jun 17, 2012 at 08:18 AM in reply to Vicki
      Yes he has had an evaluation, he's had one every year to be exact....and as far as your comment regarding the "school teaching anyone", administrators don't teach; Professors are in charge of that mam; that's where you people are confused. Yes the administration may have their share of problems, but that has nothing to do what is being taught in the classroom by the professors. Maybe you've been brainwashed into to believing that everything is bad at FAMU. Research the academic programs and then comment!!!
  • by Anonymous on Jun 14, 2012 at 02:58 PM
    Personally, I think that Dr. Ammons has and is doing a good job at FAMU. It's very unfortunate that these hazing incidents/death occurred during his tenure, but I don't think he nor Dr. White should be the ones to blame for the actions of adults who willingly broke the law, including the hazees. Most, if not all hazing incidents occur OFF CAMPUS in private locations. There is no way that you can control or stop that. The people to blame are currently awaiting trial...Hazing would not exist if consenting adults wouldn't volunteer to be hazed, point blank period!!! Up until now, no one questioned his leadership skills, he's the scapegoat for adults making the wrong decisions. Keep up the good work Dr. Ammons!!! Famu today!!! Famu Tommorrow!!! Famu Forever!!!
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      by Convenience on Jun 15, 2012 at 03:08 AM in reply to
      I guess they also did a fine job choosing the 100 band members that are not even students at FAMU. I'm curious who do you feel is responsible for them being there? Caucasians? Social Repression? Being captured and sold by their fellow tribesmen ten generations before their "birth"? For heavens sake, PLEASE stop being part of the problem.
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        by Anonymous on Jun 17, 2012 at 08:32 AM in reply to Convenience
        You said all that to say what????? Nothing!!! What does social repression or Caucasians have to do with anything I said. I'm not blaming anyone for the non-Famu students marching in the band...It's no secret that FAMU has allowed musicians from TCC and FSU to march in the band. Yes I agree that they "dropped the ball" for not verifying that the non-students where properly enrolled in the one required course in order to march...but it's very apparent that these adults made some very bad decisions which has nothing to do with Dr.White nor Dr. Ammons.... On another note Reading and Comprehension are fundamental!!
  • by Own your own faults and stop blaming everyone else. on Jun 14, 2012 at 02:10 PM
    He did not hit anybody. You all did.
  • by Tammie McDonald Location: Committee Chairwoman on Jun 14, 2012 at 01:23 PM
    I suggest that we put up a tent and sell tickets to the FAMU circus. The audit was fraudulent because the accounts being audited were were being looted by administrators and non students. It is a good guess that auditing is simply part of a hazing ritual and if we spend some more money of PR firms and hire a committee to over see the committee that is going to recommend more money to hire a CZAR that will be in charge of the committee that will evaluate the person that appointed him the master in chief auditor of the audit committee and will be a member of the executive committee who will report directly to Al Sharpton, Bill Proctor, Jessie Jackson, and John Marks. John Marks was unable to comment because the FBI committee has found out about the committee that gave back 1.2 million intended to help the Southside with High Speed internet would require a hazing ritual for members of the band that are no longer students. Of course, there will be a meeting of the " Sue the bus company" and " Blame it on FSU" committees following all committee meetings.
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      by Class of 2008 on Jun 14, 2012 at 03:15 PM in reply to Tammie McDonald
      Well spoken Tammie.
  • by Mark on Jun 14, 2012 at 11:53 AM
    How disgusting!
  • by Eetheeopiya Location: havanna on Jun 14, 2012 at 11:24 AM
    Poor excuse for a lead educator. Have you heard him speak? You can tell he "graduated" (giggle,giggle) from famu. He is not a Doctor, he is not educated. He simply did the time and then someone gave him this "job".
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      by Anonymous on Jun 14, 2012 at 02:09 PM in reply to Eetheeopiya
      Be your own leader. Take responsibility yourself and stop looking for someone else to do it for you
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      by UF grad on Jun 15, 2012 at 05:45 AM in reply to Eetheeopiya
      I work with several "grads" from FAMU. You can tell they pass out a lot of diplomas to people that spend time warming a chair. Some of these people barely speak English.
  • by Frances on Jun 14, 2012 at 10:32 AM
    If it takes these people "several months" to do an evaluation, Ammons isn't the only one who's incompetent around here!
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      by Anonymous on Jun 14, 2012 at 11:41 AM in reply to Frances
      Really...he is doing a terrible job. There evaluation done I wish I could have so many problems and be so incompetent and keep my job.
  • by Pam Location: Havana on Jun 14, 2012 at 09:05 AM
    Let us remember that Doctor Ammons is not the culprit in Champions death... Up until then he was a well-liked President of FAMU. There were agencies combing through every criminal aspect that they could find. None them point at Ammons...Only students who wish to do their "Thang" so to speak, this includes Robert Champion himself. I believe to every cause there is an effect. In Mr. Champion’s case, it was death unfortunately. This is a University with great potential, but lacks pride. This is just what our adversary would like to happen. In my opinion, great job Dr. Ammons!!!!
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      by Serious on Jun 14, 2012 at 11:43 AM in reply to Pam
      Pam, up until when was he a well-liked president? By whose standards? Yours? He is not totally to blame but he clearly lacks leadership. He too was caught up in the band doing their "thang" he turned a blind eye and deaf ear to that entire program. Let's not mention the fraudulent audit that he knew about and instead of firing the VP for Compliance, he let him resign. Why? Was that the deal to keep Ammons from losing his job? Girl, so many questions and yet Ammons is not giving the right answers and you say "great job Dr. Ammons". Lay off the kool-aide.
  • by Rick Location: Tallahassee on Jun 14, 2012 at 07:55 AM
    Dr. James Ammons is doing an OUTSTANDING job at FAMU. Let the man do his job and let's move on!
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      by Serious on Jun 14, 2012 at 09:03 AM in reply to Rick
      Apparently you've been lost in space for the past 7 months or you're on Ammons payroll. Oh, are you making a joke?
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      by Anonymous on Jun 14, 2012 at 09:44 AM in reply to Rick
      James, go back to work and stop posting on the internet.
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      by Anonymous on Jun 14, 2012 at 09:54 AM in reply to Rick
      He knew hazing was taking place, and yet he did not do anything to help the band stop it. how can you say he was/is doing an outstanding job? Also if he is doing such a good job, why did he get a no0confidence vote? You are looking through your rose colored glasses aren't you?
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