FAMU trustees, musical chairs
Yet another FAMU trustee has resigned. Regina Benjamin called it quits this week, making her the second trustee to resign this month (along with George Allen) and the fourth to leave in six weeks (along with Jesse Tyson, who was replaced by Gov. Crist appointee Daryl Parks; and Chairwoman Challis Lowe, who decided to step down in the face of political opposition from the state senate.) All four were on the losing end of the 7-6 vote in February to make James Ammons FAMU's new president.
Benjamin, an Alabama resident, said in a May 8 letter that she was recently voted president-elect of the Federation of State Medical Boards. "Because this 3-year commitment requires significant time and international travel, I regretfully submit my immediate resignation from the FAMU BOT," she wrote. "I am sorry I will not be a part of the new leadership team that will be working hard to find solutions to the University’s current problems and bringing FAMU to the level of excellence we all know it can be."
- Ron Matus, state education reporter