[UPDATE] Tallahassee, Florida - April 23, 2012 - 6:16pm
FAMU President Dr. James Ammons told faculty members restructuring is allowing a three percent salary increase.
But, administrators are still working on a detailed plan to deal with an historic budget cut of nearly $20 million.
FAMU President Dr. James Ammons says the university won't be the same if it takes another budget cut like this one.
State appropriations are being cut by $19.8 million.
Dr. Ammons says the university is generating close to $60 million in tuition, and says with the cut, it'll be the first time in FAMU's history that more money will be coming from tuition than from general appropriations.
Dr. Ammons say, "I am hoping that these positive signs that we're seeing in the economy will trickle down to the university system. As we move forward, we will continue to reinvest in the faculty."
Dr. Ammons says some of the money will come from the base budget, part will be made up by the assumption of a 15 percent hike in tuition, and part from reserves.
During the Faculty Senate Retreat Monday, members told Dr. Ammons they would like faculty representation in leadership.
One faculty member says, "You've not been having good communication with your budgetary people. So, I'm sorry to bog all your time, but we were having some issues with communication."
Another says, "We should have periodic information coming from that leaderhip team that tells us specifically what are the plans and the direction that are made on that leaderhip team that pus the burden on us, the faculty, to make it work."
Dr. Ammons says he's already contacted leadership about the faculty's concerns.
Other concerns brought up in the Faculty Senate Retreat include more emphasis on research and the lack of faculty evaluations.
Tallahassee, Florida - April 23, 2012 - Noon -
FAMU President Dr. James Ammons shared his visions and goals for the university with faculty members as he addressed the Faculty Senate.
The FAMU Faculty Senate is holding its retreat at the Teleconference Center. President Ammons started his address by thanking faculty members for what they do.
Dr. Ammons says there will be a three percent salary increase for faculty. He says this is the first time the university has been able to do a percentage increase since 2006. Dr. Ammons says they were able to restructure some things to make that happen.
President Ammons did mention that administration is in the process of trying to get figure out what to do about the 19.8 million dollar budget cut from the state. He told faculty that this will be the first time in FAMU's history that more money will be coming in from tuition than general appropriations.
Dr. Ammons also asked faculty members to wait until completed information from the investigations into the hazing death of drum major Robert Champion is in before they pass judgment or recommendations.