Stakeholders push for Robinson to be named permanent FAMU president

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By: WCTV Eyewitness News; Lanetra Bennett
May 26, 2017

Larry Robinson / Photo: FAMU

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Three major stakeholders for Florida A&M University are pushing for Interim President Larry Robinson to be named permanent president of the university.

The FAMU National Alumni Association, the FAMU Foundation, and the FAMU Boosters Club have made votes of confidence in Dr. Larry Robinson. They are asking for the university to appoint Robinson and forego the planned presidential search.

FAMU NAA President Lt. Col. Gregory L. Clark said it’s time for trustees to recognize that Robinson is the right person for the job.

Clark said, “I think Dr. Robinson provides stability. He is presidential and has been putting forth the extra effort and energy to meet with all stakeholders. He has a good rapport with trustees, state and national political leaders, alumni, students, and corporate and community leaders.”

Former Director of FAMU Boosters Tommy Mitchell said, "I'm excited about what Dr. Larry Robinson already has, a legacy of coming in at a time when we need leadership. He has provided that, so I don't think that there's anyone in the country that has proven that he could be the kind of leader that Florida A&M University needs. I think the greatest thing that could happen for us is to go ahead and make him a permanent president for him to continue to take us to the level that he's already taken us and beyond."

FAMU Foundation Chair Thomas Jones released the following statement:

In today's board meeting of the FAMU foundation, we passed a resolution in support of Dr. Larry Robinson to remain as the permanent president of Florida A&M universally.

I've directed the ex. director to draft a letter of support that we will be sending to the Board of Trustees with my signature indicating the exemplary work of Dr. Larry Robinson.

I've had the pleasure of serving on the foundation board for over 12 years and under seven different presidents Larry is now in his third term. Dr. Robinson loves the university. He understands the issues.

The push was made at the FAMU National Alumni Association's convention in Baltimore on Friday, where Dr. Robinson also delivered a state of the university speech during a luncheon.

Robinson has served as the interim president of the university since September 2016, when Elmira Mangum was voted out by the FAMU Board of Trustees.

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