Officials from the Hollis Group, a recruitment firm out of Chicago, announced the top six individuals vying to become FAMU's next permanent president during a meeting of the FAMU Board of Trustees.
"I want to say, for the record, the committee and the entire Board of Trustees has been very cooperative and no one meddled," said Charles Taylor, Vice President of the Hollis Group.
In alphabetical order, the candidates are James Ammons, President of North Carolina Central University; Lawrence Davenport, Executive Vice President of Florida Atlantic University; Howard Johnson, Vice President at the University of North Texas; Larry Palmer, former U.S. Ambassador to Honduras; Patricia Ramsey, Provost of Bowie State University; and Thelma Thompson, President of the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore.
Trustee chairwoman Challis Lowe urged other trustee members to set aside their differences as the search winds down.
"The FAMU name and the history of the institution are major draws, but who would consider coming to work for a dysfunctional governing board?" asked Lowe.
In this last board meeting of the year, interim president Castell Bryant made note of many achievements including the recent state championship win of the FAMU DRS football team and a host of various campus upgrades.
"Careful planning, hard work, being responsive and responsible has led to some really good things at the university," expressed Bryant.
University officials plan to name the new president in March.