James Ammons, the president of Florida A&M University, said Thursday he will stay on despite the board of trustees' lack of confidence in his leadership; the college has been roiled by a hazing scandal involving its celebrated marching band.
“This is very serious for the future of this university,” Ammons said after the vote. “You have my commitment to fix [the problems] and get this job done.”
Located in Tallahassee, Fla., the historically black college has been trying to deal with several crises, but especially the one over hazing rituals at the school’s prestigious Marching 100 band. Drum major Robert Champion, 26, died after being beaten in a hazing ritual after a football game last year in Orlando, Fla. Eleven members of the group face felony charges in the incident.