FAMU President James Ammons Resigns
Florida A&M University President James Ammons has resigned today, according to multiple news outlets in the state. Dr. Ammons tendered his resignation to the university’s board of trustees before a scheduled meeting.
Dr. Ammons was a constant at the center of scrutiny surrounding the November 2011 hazing death of former Marching 100 drum major Robert Champion. Dr. Ammons, a FAMU alumnus, assumed the presidency in 2007, and is credited with salvaging the university’s accreditation and public profile through expansion of academic programs.
Dr. Ammons received a vote of no-confidence from the Board last month, but pledged his commitment to see the university through to a new hazing-free culture. Increasing media pressure over the last few weeks mounted against Dr. Ammons and FAMU, with new details about alleged financial fraud within the marching band in with university wide audits.
The parents of Robert Champion yesterday announced their intent to sue FAMU for their son’s death.