Julian White, the director of the embattled Florida A&M University Marching 100 announced his resignation today. White had been on paid administrative leave pending a the outcoming of several investigations regarding the acclaimed marching band and the hazing death of drum major Robert Champion.
White issued a statement Thursday afternoon via his attorney, Chuck Hobbs, that said he was choosing to retire after a 40-year tenure at FAMU. The statement gives no indication about the timing of the announcement or what caused him to drop efforts to be reinstated at the school.
Recently, news surfaced that three of 11 band members facing charges as a result of the investigation of Champion's death were not FAMU students or enrolled in a music course, a violation of university policy. FAMU President James Ammons sent a letter to the school's Board of Trustees Tuesday that said 101 of 457 members on the roster did not meet the requirements to march with the band.