FAMU President James Ammons To Step Down Immediately

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Trustees at Florida A&M University decided Monday that President James Ammons should step down immediately instead of waiting for his scheduled resignation date of Oct. 11.

Ammons submitted his resignation last week amid a growing scandal over the hazing death of drum major Robert Champion in Orlando last fall and widespread criticism over management, financial and academic problems at the university.

Trustees Chairman Solomon Badger suggested at an emergency meeting Monday that the trustees waive their requirement that Ammons provide a 90-day notice of his intent to leave office.

Instead, they agreed Ammons, who just completed his fifth year as president, should leave immediately so the university can move forward with needed changes.

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