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Megachurch pastor joining FAMU



Bishop_eddie_long Yes, Bishop Eddie Long is a newly elected member of the FAMU Foundation board of directors, FAMU spokeswoman Sharon Saunders confirmed in an e-mail to the Gradebook (see previous post here).

Long runs the Atlanta-area church where North Carolina Central University, then under the leadership of now-FAMU President James Ammons, set up an unauthorized satellite campus that now has Ammons in hot water with higher ed officials in NC.

An NCCU graduate and trustee, Long has donated at least $1.4 million to NCCU, according to the Raleigh News & Observer.

The FAMU Foundation board voted on July 19 to have Long serve as a member, Saunders said. His first meeting will be in November.

A Long spokesman told The Gradebook that Ammons and FAMU Vice President of University Relations Carla Willis asked Long to join the board. For the latest news on the issue from the News & Observer, click here.

- Ron Matus, state education reporter

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:54am]


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