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Regent Corbin won't seek interim FAMU presidency

The state Board of Regents is no closer to naming an interim president for Florida A&M University, but the board was told Friday to take one candidate off its list: James Corbin, the regents' only black member.

Interim university system Chancellor Judy Hample said Corbin, an alumnus of the historically black university, has withdrawn his name from consideration.

Corbin, an appointee of Gov. Jeb Bush, angered members of Florida's legislative black caucus when he called for a meeting last weekend to discuss who should succeed Frederick Humphries as FAMU president. Humphries is scheduled to step down June 30.

Corbin said he would consider serving if asked. Black lawmakers accused him of trying to secure the job "through the back door."

Hample said she and Regents Chairman Tom Petway expect to have someone on board before Humphries leaves.

_ Staff and wire reports

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