FAMU president resigns amid hazing scandal
James Ammons has resigned as president of Florida A&M University, effective this fall.
July 11th, 2012
02:17 PM ET

FAMU president resigns amid hazing scandal

The president of Florida A&M University announced his resignation Wednesday, more than seven months after the drum major for the university band died following a hazing incident.

James H. Ammons said in a statement he is leaving the post he has held for five years, effective this fall.

"After considerable thought, introspection and conversations with my family, I have decided to resign from my position as president in order to initiate my retirement on October 11, 2012," he wrote in a letter to the chairman of the school's board of trustees.

Ammons said he would remain as a tenured professor on the faculty.

The resignation comes after the November 19 death of Robert Champion, 26. Champion died within an hour of being badly beaten during a hazing incident on a band bus following a football game in Orlando, Florida. The ritual, called "Crossing Bus C," is an initiation process in which pledges attempt to run down the center aisle while being assaulted by senior members, according to some university band members.

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  1. Rick

    The president, James Ammons, and the band director just did not get it. They were so wrong in allowing hazing to happen for so long. Both probably are getting millions for resigning.

    July 11, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Alan

    So What!

    July 11, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Cooper

    Ammons saw the handwriting on the wall. Just a matter of time before He was dismissed. Someone has to assume the responsibility for the death by hazing that brought bad PR to the college.

    July 11, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  4. What did you say

    I know... in the rush to report the news first...CNN post a quick story that tell us no new news! Wait for Wolf... Because he will be reporting this in.... dundun dun dun..."Breaking News" "This just in... FAMU President resigns after getting a no confidence vote and a release of information about a prior meeting warning him. That is all we have."

    July 11, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  5. sarge

    Maybe, we could haze him!

    July 11, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Pat F

    A innocent student was essentially murdered by a gang, and the school he was serving knew about the gang and did not act. Actually, I CARE.

    July 11, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Pat F

    You bet – where is the outrage for this innocent African American college student and band member, compared to hoodie-thug Trayvon?

    July 11, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  8. cc

    Accountability. Shame shame shame.. Band director should be fired. Band should be suspended for 5 years to clena ou the apples, regroup with new students.

    July 11, 2012 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Bobby Dias

    This guy thought he could do anything,nothing in this case, because he was black. Black Obama as a bad example is causing troubles for other blacks- rightly so in this hazing matter. Without the national attention Barack Obama was able to avoid attention for promoting killing all races except blacks by paying Wright but not after being elected president. More studying is catching others now.

    July 11, 2012 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Southernsugar

      You are absolutely ignorant, Dias, bean counter.

      July 11, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jaime

      Good sir, might I suggest you voluntarily commit yourself to the nearest in patient treatment center.

      July 11, 2012 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Mitch

    Good, now close that piece of garbage school!

    July 11, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • snowdogg

      Why would you characterize the school as a "piece of garbage"?

      July 11, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Southernsugar

      Black people need the school. The alumni have a great deal of pride in their school. Leave it alone.

      July 11, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Merrillee

    What tood him so long to resign? Getting his benefits package in place?

    July 11, 2012 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  12. LeRoy Feist

    Do you stay up late at night looking for opportunities to anonymously insult YOUR President Barack Hussein Obama?

    July 11, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Southernsugar

    FAMU had a terrific marching band and I resent to total destruction of it. One person should have that much power. Said student was very obese it wasn't to take much to send him over the edge. I think there should be a small payout and get the band marching again. Period.

    July 11, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • snowdogg

      You do realize that going to college is about getting an EDUCATION? The band activities are marginally important at best.

      July 11, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Merrillee

      So, let's recap....you think overweight people should die and he deserved what happened to him. Check. Dolt.

      July 11, 2012 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Merrillee

      And he wasn't "very obese" but your inflated sense of self-worth is. Period.

      July 11, 2012 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  14. tatatoothy

    Well that was quick

    July 11, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  15. LeRoy Feist

    Do your spend your waking hours looking for opportunities to anonymously insult YOUR President Barack Hussein Obama?

    July 11, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
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