By: WCTV Eyewitness News
January 5, 2018
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- A change of leadership is underway at Florida A&M University-- the school's Vice President of University Advancement has resigned.
George Cotton is stepping down, effective immediately.
Cotton came to FAMU in 2015 from Wake Forest and has 30 years of experience in university advancement.
Dr. Shawnta Friday-Stroud is taking over his job in an interim role.
Friday-Stroud is the Dean of FAMU's School of Business and Industry.
FAMU officials say the search for a permanent replacement will begin immediately.
FAMU President Robinson’s Statement Regarding Transition in University Advancement
"Today, I met with Florida A&M University’s Vice President of University Advancement George Cotton and his staff to introduce FAMU’s School of Business and Industry Dean Shawnta Friday-Stroud, Ph.D., as the interim vice president for University Advancement.
"I am excited that Dr. Friday-Stroud has agreed to serve in this capacity. She is respected throughout the realm of higher education and FAMU. I have had an opportunity to observe and work with her on several important initiatives, including helping to secure the School of Business and Industry’s first accreditation, serving as the University Liaison to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and co-chairing the workgroup that led the development of the University’s strategic plan, “FAMU Rising.” She knows firsthand the importance of the FAMU Foundation's fundraising mission and has extensive relationships with corporate and individual donors.
"The University will launch a search for a permanent vice president of University Advancement immediately. Dr. Friday-Stroud leaves the School of Business and Industry in the capable hands of Dr. Hudson Nwakanma, who brings over 20 years of teaching and service in higher education to his new role."