Tallahassee, Fl-January 18, 2013
Fourteen months after the alleged hazing death of Drum Major Robert Champion, Florida A & M University announced its hiring of Bryan Smith as the school's first special assistance to the president for anti-hazing.
The FAMU graduate was chosen from a pool of about 60 applicants. He'll be tasked with helping to coordinate the school's anti-hazing efforts.
"This is one of the critical positions that we think will help launch us into a new era, a new chapter, so to speak," said FAMU interim president, Dr. Larry Robinson.
One of the reasons Robinson says he hired Smith is because of Smith's 90-day plan. In it, Robinson says Smith outlines his desire to examine the school's present anti-hazing policy and fix any gaps in its current plan. But some students say they aren't sure how much of an impact he'll really have.
"I believe it's left up to the student to stop hazing and say, ' You know, what? Okay. I'm not up for it," said Alyssa Carswell, a student at FAMU.
While Smith won't be tasked with enforcing any of the school's anti-hazing policies, Robinson says will primarily be in charge of working with the various groups on campus to make sure they are communicating and working together to prevent hazing.
Smith will take home about $90,000 a year. He starts February 1.
FAMU Press Release
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida A&M University (FAMU) has announced that Bryan F. Smith will serve as the new special assistant to the president for anti-hazing. Recently, Smith, who is a FAMU graduate, was the executive director/co-founder of Destined for Success Educational Services, Inc. in Decatur, Ga.
“We welcome Mr. Smith back to FAMU,” said Interim President Larry Robinson. “We are confident that with his expertise, he will ensure that all of the initiatives that have been put in place will be implemented.”
“I know this position will require a high level of communication with various entities around campus, with the local community and with investigative agencies,” Smith said. “It will be a demanding position but I am very confident in my abilities and I vow to be organized, timely, fair, proactive, open and honest, ethical and hard-working.
It will be my goal to change any culture of hazing through a variety of strategies, to maintain an efficient reporting process for any allegations of hazing, to facilitate tangible informational sessions regarding hazing, to ensure that the Student Code of Conduct is being adhered to and to help maintain the integrity of the University.”
Smith received his juris doctorate from John Marshall Law School, a master’s degree in public management from FAMU and a bachelor’s degree in political science from North Carolina A&T State University.
He is registered as a certified mediator for the State of Georgia. He has been offered a salary of $90,000 and is scheduled to report to work on Feb. 1.