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The president and the preacher



Bishop_eddie_long_2 Ammons Did Bishop Eddie Long (left) follow President James Ammons (right)to FAMU? The letter Ammons sent to the Raleigh News & Observer, in response to stories about North Carolina Central University setting up an unauthorized satellite campus in Long's Lithonia, Ga. mega-church, says Long "has agreed to serve on the FAMU Foundation Board." The letter also says Long's son is a FAMU graduate.

So when did Long begin serving on the board? And who appointed him? FAMU won't say.

The Gradebook called the foundation yesterday, but the call was forwarded to the FAMU communications office, which had no answers and has yet to provide any. The Gradebook called and e-mailed FAMU spokeswoman Sharon Saunders, but got no response. We also left messages this morning with Long's church and his Washington, D.C.-based spokesman. When we hear something, we'll let you know.

- Ron Matus, state education reporter

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


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