FAMU President Ammons Shares Goals with Faculty Senate

[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.

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  • by Screech Location: My skinny skin skin on Apr 24, 2012 at 05:41 PM
    FAMU is the most popular university in the state of florida among blacks and others,the funny thing is that white people with money dont come to florida and spend money on its mediocre schools. White people with money spend it at better schools. Maybe UM gets a little notoriety because its private but these Florida schools are not worth going to unless its free. Florida cuts education so much it doesnt make sense. Florida is lucky to still have a population. FAMU being the most popular school doesnt surprise me, any well off white in their right mind wouldnt come near any of these pathetic florida schools.
  • by Student Location: Tallahassee on Apr 24, 2012 at 11:20 AM
    Its funny u call famu a joke when U have never attended. Our graduates know more then graduates from that other school... I know this from my internship those students at fsu know nothing they are always coming to us the famu students asking how to do something and asking for help...so before u call us a joke when we are more prepared come
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      by CALLINGBS on Apr 24, 2012 at 12:19 PM in reply to Student
  • by troy Location: tally on Apr 24, 2012 at 07:27 AM
    It's only popular in the black comunity. It is Not most popular in state .what they stated was it was most popular in state for blacks . Which we all understand why . It's a a joke of a school..
  • by marie antionette Location: los angeles on Apr 24, 2012 at 07:21 AM
    People people, God is love lets stop comparing apples to oranges. Zimmerman/Champion isn't comparable and neither is Famu to a white school. God is the ultimate Judge and trust that justice WILL be served in each case. Learn to forgive and move on, lest you be forgiven. Or don't, and have to face God about your judgemental attitudes. Each school in the nation serves its purpose especially the HBCU. There didn't used to be a.place for blacks to attend without fearing for their lives. Whites have been in the business of education for centuries now, blacks really just got that right in the past 130 years (if that). The world would be a better place if you ppl didn't waste your energy kicking others when they're down.
  • by Going Rogue on Apr 24, 2012 at 06:38 AM
    The PR firm let this one get away. FAMU is such a waste of time, money and space. Don't the local homeless need more shelters? Close the school and hand it over to the thugs, oh, my bad, the thugs already run it.
  • by pam Location: tallahassee on Apr 24, 2012 at 04:53 AM
    famu will never be the samejust close it down
  • by Rick Location: Tallahassee on Apr 24, 2012 at 04:34 AM
    As reported by WCTV on Feb. 7, 2012, FAMU is the "No. 1 Most Popular University In The State of Florida" & one of "The Top 15 Most Popular Universities In The Nation". http://www.wctv.tv/home/headlines/FAMU_Named_One_of_the_Most_Popular_National_Universities_by_U_S_News_and_World_Report_138897344.html If you no good bigots weren't so illiterate, you would know that. FAMU is on the move!! Get on board or get left behind. Life is GOOD at FAMU!
  • by Anonymous on Apr 24, 2012 at 04:15 AM
    Here are some goals for FAMU: 1) get to work on time, 2) give a full day's work, 3) stay within your budget--not FSUs'.
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      by need to add one on Apr 24, 2012 at 06:12 AM in reply to
      Quit stealing the grant funds.
  • by Hopeless Location: Tallahassee, FL on Apr 24, 2012 at 03:11 AM
    Dr. Ammons does not care about FAMU he came back to save the school from ruins and the first thing he did was spend more money on salaries for him and his team. If they had all come in at least $50,000 less and not allowed them to come in robbing the school out of what little was left we might have been able to see some light-------instead of all their family members on payroll-----boyfriends, sisters, nephews auntie lil bit cousing daughter!!! Get real he should have been gone!!
  • by Docker Location: Wakulla on Apr 23, 2012 at 06:16 PM
    The hypocrites ask us to be patient and wait for an investigation of the Champion murder. the same hypocrites had no patience at all during the Zimmerman investigation.
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      by Averagewhiteman on Apr 23, 2012 at 07:47 PM in reply to Docker
      Sorry for your confustion but, zimmerman was allowed to go free after shooting an innocent kid who was walking to his fathers house, to death after he was instructed not to approach the kid. these are clearly two different scenarios. The country was outraged because he was not arrested for almost a month even though HE shot the unarmed 17 yr old kid. The Champion young man was 26 and willfully participated in a gang like initiation. The attorney general is investigating who to charge in the situation. Do you want justice or do u just want some random blacks thrown in jail? Its ok u dont have to answer...lol
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        by Leona on Apr 24, 2012 at 06:38 AM in reply to Averagewhiteman
        Do YOU want justice, or just some random hispanic-white put in jail. Never mind, you don't have to answer either.
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      by Leona on Apr 24, 2012 at 06:37 AM in reply to Docker
      AMEN DOCKER!!!!!
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