Florida A&M University's James Ammons resigned as president of the school on Wednesday amid an ongoing scandal involving the school’s famed marching band and the hazing death of one of its drum majors.
In a letter to the chairman of the board of trustees that was released by the university, Ammons announced he would step down as president on Oct. 11. He said he will stay on as a tenured full professor dealing with science, technology, engineering and math initiatives.
"I am indebted to you and the Board of Trustees for allowing me to work in this capacity with you and the FAMU community,” Ammons wrote to Solomon Badger III, chairman of the board.
"I am saddened by President Ammons' decision to resign, but it is his choice to do so," Badger said in a prepared statement. "Given all that has transpired, it seems to be in the best interest of the University and I applaud him for putting FAMU ahead of his personal goals.”