Three new trustees for FAMU
Just in time for Wednesday's much-anticipated meeting with Florida A&M University's new president, the governing board for the struggling state college has three new members. The trio were chosen today from among five finalists, following interviews with the group that oversees all 11 public universities in Florida.
The Board of Governors chose:
- North Carolina native Robert Brown, founder of a PR firm in North Carolina and former member of the North Carolina university system’s governing board. Brown's company B&C Associates currently has consulting contracts with the FAMU Foundation and the FAMU Office of Alumni Affairs.
- Karl White, a 1988 FAMU pharmacy grad, is now chief investment officer for Fletcher Asset Management, an investment company based in New York. He serves on the University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees and its foundation board.
- Richard Dent III, a 1993 FAMU business school graduate who is now vice president and CFO for the national clothing retailer LimitedBrands. In 1997, the pastor's son helped FAMU secure a $750,000 donation from Ford Motor Company.
The three join a board that has faced great turmoil and turnover over the past few years, with two FAMU presidents coming and going and five trustees leaving in recent months. Board chairwoman Challis Lowe quit this past spring when it became clear lawmakers and powerful alumni wanted her out. She was among the six trustees who voted against James H. Ammons to be FAMU's 10th president.
Ammons took over his alma mater earlier this month, and Wednesday he will unveil for trustees his plan to fix a multitude of deep-rooted problems at the university, which is at risk of losing its national accreditation.
- Shannon Colavecchio-Van Sickler, higher ed reporter