Vacant Positions at FAMU

By: Jill Chandler Email
By: Jill Chandler Email

Ten of the top positions at Florida A & M are now vacant leaving some to wonder why there's such a high turnover.

This is the highest turnover President Ammons has seen since he took office.

Three Vice- Presidents, four deans, and three other positions are open. Eight of the ten jobs are occupied by an interim. The mens basketball coach position is open, and top fundraiser Carla Willis will be taking a job at Ohio State University Medical Center.

Most of the positions were vacated by people leaving to retire, or for better opportunities.

FAMU officials say they're confident they'll find quality replacements.

FAMU spokesperson Sharon Saunders said, "I know that it's going to be difficult to get the quality that we've had, but that's what we are actually going to do. And the good thing about it is, we have a lot of people in place on our staff and faculty that can step into these positions who are very talented."

One of the interim deans we spoke to said it's a breath of fresh air, and it's nice to bring new ideas to campus.

Saunders said FAMU was lucky enough to have a lot of very talented and highly sought after top employees, and good offers outside of the university is one of the reasons they're seeing the high turnover right now.


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  • by Anonymous on Mar 24, 2011 at 06:36 AM
    Sogood is correct. They're fleeing all state universities just as fast. Also potential new hires are being told not to come by their peers already here. In fact Florida is getting quite a rep in the area of higher education and it isn't good. It is only going to get worse.
  • by sogood Location: Tallahassee on Mar 23, 2011 at 09:44 PM
    When you have good people working for you and can not afford to pay them the salaries that out of state universities are willing to pay. You will lose your best people. Don't be surprise to see more of this at the other state universities. Oh, I forget this has been happening at other universities in the state of Florida.
  • by dog Location: gone on Mar 23, 2011 at 04:20 PM
    Leave them vacant and save a buck. famu learn to add and subtract it will help you with your budget.
  • by Taxpayer Location: TLH on Mar 23, 2011 at 04:10 PM
    Could be they see the new Govenor is gonna make people accountable and given the history of FAMU's audits and fraud they made the right decision. Florida A&M as I remember was an Honorable and sound institution. "FAMU" is a Hysterically Black College. Get back to our Roots!
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