July 11, 2012
— Florida A&M University (FAMU) President James H. Ammons submitted his letter of resignation to Chairman Solomon Badger III and members of the Board of Trustees today.
“After considerable thought, introspection and conversations with my family, I have decided to resign from my position as president in order to initiate my retirement on Oct. 11, 2012,” said Ammons. “Following the presidency, I will continue my work on science, technology, engineering and math initiatives as a tenured full professor on our great faculty.”
Ammons has served as president since July 2, 2007.
"I am saddened by President Ammons' decision to resign, but it is his choice to do so,” said Solomon Badger III, Chair, FAMU’s Board of Trustees. “Given all that has transpired, it seems to be in the best interest of the University and I applaud him for putting FAMU ahead of his personal goals."
During President Ammons’ tenure he reached several milestones. Among his achievements were:
- Four consecutive unqualified audits with no findings;
- Full accreditation of the College of Law;
- All-time high in enrollment in 2010;
- The re-opening of several buildings — a $42 million Teaching Gymnasium, a $12.6 million renovation to Jones Hall, a $16 million renovation to Tucker Hall, a $14.7 million renovation of the Commons Building and a $13.5 million major renovation of Sampson and Young Halls.
- Bond approval for a $50 million project to construct an 800-bed suite-style residential facility, which will be completed in fall of 2013;
- Renovation of the Gore Education Complex at a cost of $12.4 million;
- The opening of a new center in Crestview that will produce pharmacy graduates who we hope will remain in that area; and
- The launched of FAMU’s first on-line degree programs offering master’s degrees in nursing, public health and business.
“The Board of Trustees and the Board of Governors made it patently clear to me that I had to take charge and move forward immediately to put a competent team of key administrators together in record time, and lead them to meet the many challenges that the University faced with full force,” said Ammons. “We accomplished that with support from the Board of Trustees and others."