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Crist opts for new FAMU trustee

After a barrage of e-mails asking for a purge of the Florida A&M University governing board, Gov. Charlie Crist has appointed Daryl Parks, a Tallahassee lawyer, passing up current trustee and Jeb Bush appointee Jesse Tyson, who was up for re-appointment.

At the request of the the FAMU National Alumni Association, FAMU alumni pelted lawmakers with e-mails requesting them to deny Tyson re-appointment after he voted against FAMU's incoming president, James Ammons.

Interim President Castell Bryant had defended Tyson and the other targeted trustees, saying dissent is important in governing the school, which is the only historically black public university in Florida and awards more black students with baccalaureate degrees than any other in the nation.

Some alumni and black lawmakers feel the trustees have allowed persistent financial problems to continue. They've also criticized Jeb Bush's appointees as knowing more about corporate governance than education. Last week, legislators heard an audit that showed $39 million was unaccounted for, faculty hadn't been paid on time and millions of dollars of property was missing.

Jesse Tyson was one of the 283 pending appointments Crist pulled back in January.