FAMU Trustees Vote To Reprimand President Ammons

Source: Denise Stewart / BlackAmericaWeb.com

The president of Florida A&M University has escaped an attempt by some trustees to remove him from office in the wake of an investigation into the death of a Marching 100 drum major after alleged hazing following the Florida Classic football game last month.

Trustees did, however, vote eight to four to reprimand President James Ammons, leader of the Tallahassee-based historically black university since 2007.

The action comes as authorities in Orange County, Florida investigate the death of Robert Champion Jr., a 26-year-old from the Atlanta suburbs, who died sometime after a ritual on a bus following the game between FAMU and Bethune Cookman University on Nov. 19.

Ammons had expelled four students from the university in connection with the incident. He had also placed longtime band director Julian White on leave.

Wednesday, the university announced that the four students had returned to school pending the outcome of the investigation. It also announced that White would remain on administrative leave instead of facing termination on Dec. 22.

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