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Chris Timmons: Just who is FAMU’s biggest critic?

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Talk about having a flighty state of emotions. When I first read Florida Board of Governors’ (FLBOG) member Alan Levine’s op-ed published in the Tallahassee Democrat, I went from “Hmm” to “Ugh” to “Hell nah!” Everyone likely believes that the battle for Middle Earth – err, FAMU (geek moment!) has been won. Those who attempted the “presidential coup,” as some FAMU watchers call it, of FAMU President Elmira Mangum have resigned from FAMU’s Board of Trustees or their positions within…

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After narrow vote FAMU board chairman resigns his post

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Saying that his current relationship with Florida A&M University President Elmira Mangum is “broken and irreparable,” the chairman of the university board stepped down from his post on Friday. Rufus Montgomery, an alumnus and a successful lobbyist in Georgia, notified other university trustees of his decision in a brief statement. Montgomery will remain on the board. His decision to give up his position as chairman comes a day after trustees held a chaotic emergency meeting and almost voted to fire…

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Power struggle at FAMU after hazing death brings new crisis

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Trustees at Florida A&M University turned to an outsider — and the school’s first female president — to lead them out of the turmoil that followed the hazing death of a Marching 100 drum major. But 18 months later the historic school is facing a new crisis marked by allegations of harassment and insubordination — and complaints from politicians. FAMU President Elmira Mangum is locked in a power struggle with some of her trustees that could short-circuit her tenure at…

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Today on Context Florida: Two sides of FAMU drama and Howard Beale’s moment arrives

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Today on Context Florida: Rufus Montgomery, belligerent chair of the Florida A&M University Board of Trustees, remains unbowed, says Chris Timmons. The domineering and vexing Montgomery was asked to step down by powerful FAMU alumni on Wednesday. Usually, that might mean he’s doing his job: making sure that the university is being well run and the president is held to her contract. That is not quite it, Timmons notes. Bob Sparks also weighs in on the FAMU drama, as it heads…

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