Florida Gov. Rick Scott repeated his call today for Florida A&M President James Ammons to go on administrative leave, and the school’s trustees will take up the request Monday, The Tallahassee Democrat reports.
Florida A&M University President James Ammons.
Scott expressed his “utmost, absolute respect” for Ammons but said he should be sidelined during the criminal investigation into the beating death of a Marching 100 drum major and allegations of financial misdealing on campus.
The trustees will hold a conference call Monday, three days after the state medical examiner ruled Robert Champion’s death Nov. 19 a homicide. That report found that Champion was beaten so severely that internal bleeding caused him to go into shock and die.
Investigators say the death, and other incidents involving the band, could be linked to hazing.
The board discussed suspending Ammons at a previous meeting but instead decided to publicly reprimand him. Ammons says his administration has acted appropriately. Ammons, who met with Scott on Friday, has refused to step aside but said he will abide by whatever the board decides.
Source: USA Today | Doug Stanglin