FAMU prioritizing accreditation issues, Marching 100 decision by May
State University System Chancellor Frank Brogan said he supports Florida A&M University's decision to suspend its search for a new president. Earlier this month, Board of Trustee's Chairman Solomon Badger suspended the search, saying FAMU's accreditation probation and other problems should be fixed before a permanent leader is hired.
"Trying to find a world-class president when the issue of re-accreditation hangs literally in the balance is a very difficult thing to do," Brogan said.
During a break between meetings, interim President Larry Robinson also talked about the return of the Marching 100 band, suspended since the November 2011 death of drum major Robert Champion. The school tried to hire a new band director in January, but talks broke down the day of the planned announcement.
Robinson said the search has resumed and candidates are being vetted. A final decision about the status of the band will be made by the end of the semester, or mid-May, he said.