The Florida University system has just confirmed what the Florida A&M University Board of Trustees already knew. Current President Larry Robinson came into FAMU to work hard and gain the trust of the community. And with a recent decision, he will be at FAMU to stay! Get the great news in the full story from The Tallahassee Democrat below!
The State University System’s Board of Governors moved swiftly Wednesday in approving the reappointment of Larry Robinson as president of Florida A&M University.
In doing so, the board approved a one-year-extension of Robinson’s contract through Dec. 30, 2021. It follows a vote of FAMU’s Board of Trustees in early December.
Robinson’s leadership was noted as the university achieved its highest placement in performance funding scores and saw new construction on campus.
He also was credited for the university’s response to the coronavirus pandemic and for FAMU being the top-ranked public historically black university in the country by U.S. News and World Report.
Board Of Governors member Alan Levine praised Robinson’s tenure and reminded his colleagues of the situation Robinson stepped into when he was appointed president.
“Those of us who were on the board at the time will remember that at that time Dr. Robinson became president, he took over at a time of uncertainty at the university,” said Levine, who served as a liaison between the BOG and trustees at the time.
“A lot of issues at the university led to the replacement of the majority of the (Board of Trustees), it led to the removal of the president (Elmira Mangum) and we needed a leader at the time and move it forward.”
Levine said his vote in favor of Robinson’s reappointment also is a vote of confidence in FAMU Board of Trustees chairman Kelvin Lawson, who accepted the role at a time when relationships also were strained with the Board of Governors.
“They led, they took responsibility and they didn’t make excuses,” Levine said.