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Ammons to visit FAMU law school



Ammonssmiles FAMU President James Ammons (left) is scheduled to meet with law students in Orlando tomorrow morning – and by many accounts, he couldn't get there soon enough. As noted in this story in today's St. Petersburg Times, many students and even some faculty are increasingly anxious about whether the school will win full accreditation from the American Bar Association. The story quoted several students who decided to transfer to other law schools, but many others have complained to The Gradebook in recent months.

Said one: "I'm just looking to get out while FAMU is still provisionally accredited." She said most of the students she knows feel the same way. Can the apparent dean-to-be, LeRoy Pernell, turn it around? It depends, the student said, on whether the new dean can get people to work together. Yet another student said Pernell, now the law dean at Northern Illinois University, seemed "dedicated and driven" and appeared to be a "great match" for FAMU. But he worried about Pernell’s reported start date in January. Given ABA deadlines, the student said, "it may be cutting it close to disaster if something unexpected happens and he can’t make it in time."

- Ron Matus, state education reporter

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:21am]


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