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FAMU holds off picking a new president



Florida A&M University's board of trustees was scheduled to pick a new president as early as next week. But the chairman of the school's Board of Trustees announced today that he had decided to suspend the search. Instead, interim President Larry Robinson will remain at the school's helm as it works to end its accreditation probation and address issues of hazing.

FAMU is the second school, after the University of Florida, to abruptly suspend a presidential search already this year.

"This is neither a commentary on the quality of candidates, nor a questioning of the search process," FAMU board Chairman Solomon Badger wrote. "This is just a stark acknowledgement of the fact that FAMU’s accreditation is at risk, as it was placed on probation by SACS (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools-Commission on Colleges) in December."

"It would be irresponsible to disrupt their work at this critical juncture," Badger said later in his statement. "It would also be eminently unfair to bring in a new President as FAMU’s accreditation hangs in the balance. I have full faith that InterimPresident Robinson and his team will succeed in their effort and want to make sure they face no distractions or disruptions."

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[Last modified: Friday, March 15, 2013 4:00pm]


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