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Duke prez: FAMU's in good hands



Count Duke President Richard Brodhead among those giving rave reviews to FAMU president-elect James Ammons.

Brodhead and Ammons, who is currently chancellor at North Carolina Central University, worked together last year to handle one of the biggest crises to ever face either school - the claim by a black NCCU student that she had been raped by white lacrosse players from Duke.

Says Brodhead: "Chancellor Ammons was in a challenging position given that the accuser was a student at North Carolina Central University and that the District Attorney spoke with such certainty about her charges of rape and assault. I have great respect for his leadership in the tense and emotion laden situation we faced last spring, when many people in the media and in our community, including our respective campuses, were rushing to judgment. James showed courage and dignity in insisting that the legal process be allowed to determine the truth. I know he spent hours meeting with students, both in public forums and in smaller meetings, in an effort to reach out to the NCCU community.

"One cannot overestimate the calming influence he had, not only at North Carolina Central but in Durham. We became close friends as we struggled together with almost unprecedented challenges. I'm confident that the qualities of character, compassion, and integrity he demonstrated in his handling of this challenging situation will serve him and Florida A&M well in the years ahead."

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:16am]


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