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Larry Robinson a good choice for FAMU, Tallahassee

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Florida A&M University is one of America’s most recognized Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU). It is the only HBCU within Florida’s State University System. Together with Florida State University and Tallahassee Community College, FAMU is a major presence in the Tallahassee community. Those of us who live here want a thriving FAMU that can make significant contributions to our culture, our history and, of course, our workforce. While students, faculty, administration and alumni have a stake in a thriving…

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TCC serves up coffee, corporate welfare, and confidentiality

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At Tallahassee Community College (TCC), they’re serving up a venti cup of corporate welfare with a side order of unnecessary and possibly illegal confidentiality. The school is shelling out $500K in “unrestricted funds” to peddle coffee — more specifically, Starbucks coffee — at its downtown “Center for Innovation” located just spitting distance from the state Capitol. TCC’s stated goals include providing students with “hands-on entrepreneurial experience.” You’d think that Starbucks never hired college kids — or high school kids —…

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Power struggle? Tallahassee, state at odds in storm recovery

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The big question in Tallahassee is whether you have power, and whether you think local officials are to blame for the grinding pace of restoring electricity following Hurricane Hermine. The rising anger is playing out on social media and in the political sphere, with state and local leaders trading accusations about the slow pace of recovery. As of Monday afternoon, more than 26,000 customers in Leon County were still without power. That contrasts with other parts of the state where…

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Florida successful in heading off campus shootings

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With recent shootings on college campuses in Oregon and Arizona, Tallahassee Community College president Jim Murdaugh has received plenty of questions from staff and students about Florida’s plans to deal with such incidents. The main thing he has stressed to them is that everything has been well planned. “I would say Florida has been progressive in these areas,” Murdaugh said. “We have had a heightened sense of awareness the past couple weeks but we have always been prevention-oriented.” Florida has…

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RPOF keeps Richard Swarttz as CFO, names Nancy Watkins compliance officer

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Richard Swarttz will continue in his role as Chief Financial Officer of the Republican Party of Florida, Chair Blaise Ingoglia said today. In a statement, Ingoglia also named Nancy Watkins and her firm, Robert Watkins & Company, as outside compliance accounting consultants for the party. “I am pleased to announce that Richard will continue to serve our party in this role and that Nancy and her firm will be serving the party as our outside compliance accounting consultants,” Ingoglia said. …

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Times editorial: ‘Clean sweep needed at the top of SPC’ – in other words, it’s time to get rid of Deveron Gibbons

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The St. Petersburg Times editorial board is urging Governor Charlie Crist to not re-appoint Deveron Gibbons to the Board of Trustees at St. Petersburg College.  An excerpt: The selection of Tallahassee Community College president Bill Law this week as the new president for St. Petersburg College was predictable, safe and uninspiring. Now Gov. Charlie Crist should be more creative and bring some fresh faces to the college’s board of trustees. As long as the college is embarking on a new…

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Even though Rick Baker is a seminfinalist for SPC prez, his chances have been downgraded on the Back-to-School meter

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Even though former Mayor Rick Baker is among nine semifinalists to be the next president of St. Petersburg College, I am downgrading the Rick Baker Back-to-School Meter because Baker is “the lone candidate without higher education experience. He failed to win the support of the search committee’s three faculty representatives, who each backed other candidates.” The leading vote-getters among the search committee were Thomas Keegan, 51, president of Peninsula College in Washington and Bill Law, president of Tallahassee Community College.…

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