FAMU Names Interim President To Lead School

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Florida A&M University trustees on Wednesday turned to a familiar face to lead the university as it continues to deal with the fallout from the hazing death of a marching band member.

Trustees confirmed Larry Robinson, who spent time in President Barack Obama's administration, to serve as interim president while the university embarks on a search for a permanent leader.

Robinson had been serving the university as its number two official since March after coming to the university in November — the same month that drum major Robert Champion died. He takes the place of James Ammons, who abruptly resigned in July amid the ongoing scrutiny of the university.

Robinson had been FAMU's provost and helped draw up the university's anti-hazing plan that includes new academic and membership requirements for the famed Marching 100 band when it resumes playing. The band was suspended for the entire upcoming academic year.

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