BOG to Castell: Thank you.
Many FAMU supporters cheered interim President Castell Bryant's decision last week to call it quits a month early (the influential Rattler Nation blog even posted a ditty calling her a "triflin' Hag"). But the embattled leader got some sincerely kind words from higher education leaders on Monday.
"I have great respect for Castell Bryant," said Carolyn Roberts, chair of the Board of Governors, in a statement circulated by Bryant's office. "Throughout her tenure as FAMU's president, she has asked penetrating questions and pursued the hard truth. This is an often thankless task, but Dr. Bryant knew it must be done, and thanks to her hard work and good judgment, FAMU is on its way to becoming a stronger university." Added Mark Rosenberg, chancellor of the state university system: "I admire Dr. Bryant's courage and fortitude in addressing longstanding issues, and I thank her for her dedication to FAMU. Her commitment to the University cannot be questioned."
Bryant's resignation is effective May 31, about a month before President-elect James Ammons takes the helm. (To read her resignation letter, click here.) The FAMU Board of Trustees is holding an emergency meeting this afternoon to discuss leadership in the interim.
- Ron Matus, state education reporter