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BOG gets an update on FAMU audit issues

Published Jun. 21, 2012

Florida A&M University's troubled office of audit and compliance is working on getting itself back into shape -- re-doing audits, organizing trainings for employees and implementing a new risk assessment plan.

That was the message Thursday to the Florida Board of Governors from the office's new director. It follows a finding last year in response to two whistle-blower complaints that FAMU's audit office submitted more than a dozen "summary reports" of audits to state leaders when no work had been done to back them up.

The week that those conclusions were reached, in November 2011, the former director of that audit office resigned. FAMU tapped Rick Givens, who previously worked for the State Auditor General, to take over.

In a quick and to-the-point presentation, Givens assured the board that FAMU was headed toward improvement.

It's a tough time for the Florida's only historically black public university.

Yesterday FAMU President James Ammons got a stern rebuke from the state higher education leaders, centering on FAMU's lagging graduation rates in light of unusually high numbers of students with debt.

Earlier this month, FAMU's Board of Trustees issued a vote of "no confidence" in Ammons due to mounting troubles on campus. Those include the audit issues, the November death of one of its student band members and a subsequent criminal investigation into hazing, issues raised by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools accreditation agency about academic programs on campus and more.