Questions raised about Ammons, NCCU satellite
FAMU President James Ammons is coming under fire for a satellite campus that was established in a Georgia megachurch when he headed North Carolina Central University, according to recent stories in the Raleigh News & Observer and Atlanta Journal Constitution.
The New L.I.F.E. College Program, housed in the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia, Ga., was shut down in June after accreditors refused to authorize it, the stories say. The pastor, Eddie Long, is an NCCU graduate who was appointed to the NCCU board of trustees two years before the satellite campus was created in 2004. NCCU did not tell the accreditors about the program or present information about it to the UNC Board of Governors, the stories say.
“I can think of no justifiable reason why the former NCCU leadership would have completely ignored and failed to abide by the appropriate approval process in creating this program,” UNC system President Erskine Bowles told the News & Observer. “Such action is contrary to all university policy. To say the least, it is very disappointing.”
Ammons was NCCU chancellor for six years before assuming the FAMU presidency in July 2007. Both newspapers said he did not respond to requests for comment.