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Robinson named FAMU president

Board of Trustees vote unanimously for Robinson

FAMU Interim President Larry Robinson
FAMU Interim President Larry Robinson

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida A&M University is naming Larry Robinson as the school's next president.

A committee voted unanimously Thursday to make Robinson's position permanent.

Robinson, who previously served as FAMU's interim president from 2012 to 2014 and as the school's chief operating officer in 2007, returned to the interim post in fall 2016 when the school's trustees voted to end the presidency of Elmira Mangum.

The Presidential Leadership Committee, which was created by the FAMU Board of Trustees, will forward its recommendation to the trustees, who are scheduled to meet Thursday.

“We will take it to the full board tomorrow, per the direction of this committee, and we will discuss it further and make a final decision,” Kelvin Lawson, chairman of the trustees, told the committee.

Robinson said he was “extremely humbled” by the recommendation.

At the same time, the board is considering Robinson's permanent appointment, the trustees are also supporting a set of ambitious objectives for the school, including enrollment increases, higher graduation rates and increased research funding and private donations.

For FAMU to continue its progress, Robinson said “we're going to work not just harder, but smarter.”

The Associated Press contributed to this article.