The FAMU National Alumni Association, the FAMU Foundation, and the FAMU Boosters Club, are all making the push to make Larry Robinson the permanent President of Florida A&M University. This news comes after Robinson gave a state of the university address to university alumni attending the FAMU National Alumni Annual Convention in Baltimore, MD.
Months after firing Dr. Elmira Mangum, FAMU’s 11th President, the university has still not been able to find someone to permanently fill the role of president of the distinguished HBCU. This is not the first time that Robinson has had to act as Interim, following the 2011 death of Robert Champion and the resignation of James H. Ammons, Robinson was appointed Interim President beginning in 2012.
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.
Though this news brings about a mountain of questions, many are on board with having Robinson act as the Permanent President of FAMU.
“I think that Dr. Robinson is more than qualified to be president. He has already carried us through some terrible times. He has proven to the FAMU community, in numerous ways, that he will help our institution prosper. It is clear that he truly cares about our progression,” says Tianah Allen, a 6-Year Doctor of Pharmacy candidate from Tampa, FL.
It is great to see individuals invested in the university coming together to make a decision. The constant changes happening around the FAMU campus is enough to keep everyone on their toes. From Alumni to students, many are wondering when will the university land on stable ground?
Whatever steps FAMU decides to take, the HBCU community hopes that it will be the right step in a new direction.