– Jacksonville businessman Leerie Jenkins, Jr., informed the Board of Governors late Wednesday of his plans to leave the Florida A&M University Board of Trustees.
“It has been an honor, as well as a pleasure, to serve as a trustee for Florida A&M University,” Jenkins said in his resignation letter to BOG Chair Carolyn Roberts. “I have truly enjoyed serving the State of Florida, Florida A&M University and the Board of Governors.
“Due to the pressures of growing my business, which now has 26 offices around the country, and my personal time commitments, I feel that it is the right time for me to resign,” he wrote.
Jenkins is chairman and chief executive officer of Reynolds, Smith and Hills, Inc., an architecture, engineering and planning business. He had served on FAMU’s board since his board appointment in June 2003.
Acting FAMU Board Chair Bill Jennings said he is “extremely disappointed to learn of (Jenkins’) resignation.”
“Leerie was a very valuable member of the Board of Trustees,” Jennings said. “I hate to see him leave.”
Jenkins, who is a member of the Florida Chamber of Commerce, Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce and the Florida Council of 100, had previously served as chairman of the Jacksonville Economic Development Council.
He received his undergraduate degree in landscape architecture from the University of Georgia in 1970 and his graduate degree in landscape architecture from the University of Michigan in 1972.
With Jenkins’ departure, the FAMU Board now has four vacancies.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 16, 2007
Contact: LaNedra Carroll