FAMU president's resignation effective immediately
Florida A&M University President James H. Ammons went into effect Monday, seven months after a hazed drum major died.
July 16th, 2012
01:59 PM ET

FAMU president's resignation effective immediately

By George Howell, CNN

(CNN) - The Florida A&M University president's resignation went into effect Monday after the school's board of trustees accepted his request to step down from the job immediately.

President James Ammons originally said in a resignation letter that he would retire in October.

His departure comes more than seven months after a drum major for the university band died following a hazing incident. Robert Champion, 26, died after being beaten during a hazing ritual on a band bus after a football game in Orlando, Florida.

Champion's family said last week that "the rampant culture of hazing found at FAMU would not and could not be eradicated without some major housecleaning of those who turned a blind eye to the problem."

Ammons waived a 90-day notice of resignation Monday that would have kept him on staff through October.

In June, the trustees passed a no-confidence motion in Ammons' performance by an 8-4 vote.

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  1. Anthony

    Wow. not a single coemnmt on this article. This article, assuming the numbers aren't way off, shows just how bad a state this country is in. What I got out of reading that is more people are uninsured, more people are poor, and the gap between rich and poor is as wide as ever. That's a good article to print and refer to in 30 years.

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