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FAMU President Delivers State of the University Speech

September 9th, 2007 by flanews

Florida A&M University, the states only public historically black university, is suffering from dropping enrollment, accounting irregularities and the threat of losing its accreditation.
But the new president says hes close to getting the schools financial house in order.
Inside a packed house, the new president of FloridaA&M, Dr. James Ammons, delivered his state of the troubled university address Friday.
This chapter is over, Ammons said.
Dr. Ammons, a FAMU graduate, laid out a 10 point plan for the school. The top priorities, getting rid of accounting problems and keeping academic accreditation.
Ammons says the school will turn in its financial statements on time this month. He expects a clean bill of health by 2009.
Its priority one. The accreditation is tied directly to the financial condition of the university.
Florida A&M students are confident that their new president is already making a difference. And theyre confident in the value of their degrees when they enter the real world.
Corean Shelton is in her last year at FAMU. She majors in business.
I got a positive vibe from his speech,” Shelton said. “Ive been on 3 internships. After each one, I have received positive reviews. I do not find myself lacking from any other student whos attended any of the Ivy League schools. Im right there where they are.
Kristofer Smith, another FAMU student, agreed.
FAMU students are known all around the country, especially in the pharmacy program,” Smith said. “Its highly respected around the country.
While hopes are high, Ammons has to deliver if the school is to be saved.
More than 11,000 students attend Florida A&M University.

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