FAMU trustees embrace new law school dean
ORLANDO - As expected, FAMU's board of trustees this morning approved the two-year, $250,000-a-year contract for LeRoy Pernell to lead the struggling 5-year-old FAMU law school.
Pernell has been dean of the Northern Illinois University college of law since 1997, an eternity in academia. Ammons noted that Pernell is the longest-serving African American law school dean in the country, a measure of stability that the FAMU law school has lacked from its establishment in 2002.
Pernell officially starts in January but will lead the faculty and staff through accreditors' October visit, a key step toward FAMU's bid for cull accreditation. "You don't have to wait until January to call me about anything," Pernell told trustees during their meeting at the Orlando law school. "I'm at your service now."
Ammons also thanked interim dean Ruth Witherspoon for serving "at a very difficult time."