Scrapping the recommendation of Gov. Rick Scott, Florida A&M University trustees reaffirmed their decision to keep President James Ammons as head of the school during several investigations launched in the fallout of a student's hazing death.
In a 30-minute conference call that took up other issues, board chairman Solomon Badger said, "We will stand firm against outside influence regardless of how well intended."
"It is my recommendation that until a final report results from these investigations with official facts, the president’s status remain the same," he said.
The board also announced it will convene weekly meetings for the next two months to stay apprised of developments in the homicide investigation of drum major Robert Champion, who collapsed after being beaten on a bus after a rivalry game one month ago today, as well as an FDLE investigation into the school's finances.
“For the sake of appearances, and to assure the public that these investigations are clearly independent, I believe it would have been in the best interest of Florida A&M University for President Ammons to step aside until all of these investigations are completed," Scott said in a statement. "However, we have a process in Florida for the administration of the State University System, and that process has been followed. Like all other Floridians, I will abide by the decision made by the Florida A&M University Board of Trustees.”