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N.C. Central's Ammons Chosen as Florida A&M's New President

Posted February 1, 2007
Updated February 2, 2007

— North Carolina Central University Chancellor James Ammons is leaving the school to become the 10th president of Florida A&M University.

In a 7-6 vote, the university's Board of Trustees chose Ammons from a list of three candidates.

Florida A&M has been without a permanent leader for the past six years, but it was not immediately clear when Ammons will assume the role.

"It's a tremendous loss for North Carolina Central University and the community," Durham Mayor Bill Bell said Thursday afternoon. But he said he understands that it is also a tremendous opportunity for Ammons to return to his alma mater.

Students said Ammons was a true leader who connected with them.

"I mean he just inspired a lot of students on campus. I don't think we'll find another Chancellor Ammons," said student Ashley Tedder.

According to published reports in Tallahassee, the school's enrollment and fundraising is down, its accreditation is up in 2008, and it may become a bachelors degree-only college.

Since his arrival at N.C. Central in 2001, enrollment has jumped by 58 percent, making N.C. Central one of the fastest growing campuses in the University of North Carolina system.

The school also has enjoyed a $120 million building boom and has moved its athletic programs into the NCAA's Division I under Ammons' leadership.

Ammons graduated from Florida A&M and worked as provost at the school before assuming the top spot at N.C. Central five years ago.

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  • kaecee Feb 2, 2007

    VICKIEJ40,What do you mean by YOU PEOPLE? You keep saying YOU PEOPLE and I want you to clarify who YOU PEOPLE ARE!!!!!

  • finallysingle Feb 2, 2007

    America ..LAND OF THE Offended,does everything offend you people! Dang,too self conscious.

  • kimmcn Feb 2, 2007

    I received a Bachelor's Degree as well as a Masters from NCCU and I paid for my education, so what do you mean, Vickie? Do you think that if you attend an HBCU (Historically Black College/University) that you don't pay for education? Just grow up!

  • kaecee Feb 2, 2007

    The only thing that saved you from me being able to prove it is the fact that your remarks have been offensive and I'll be the first to admit that I was one of them. You can't say that you didn't mean anything by the remark because the same way you can type, you can backspace if you wanted to say something different. It saddens my heart that not only do you think the way you do, you have the audacity to post it so others can read and be offended.

  • kaecee Feb 2, 2007

    Vickiej40, trust me I could find your comments if WRAL had not taken all that crap you've said offline. But if you want to give me a second, I'll be glad to find something you said....just hang by your computer

  • finallysingle Feb 2, 2007

    you've made in several forums regarding NCCU (said by Kelvin).prove it ...I paid for my education,so apparently I didn't go to NCCU. MAKE A MOUNTAIN OUT OF A .well you know .

  • kaecee Feb 2, 2007

    Vickiej40, you did not make a remark about UNC and NCSU. You said that he should take the school with him. What is your problem with NCCU. What has ever been wrong with anyone trying to get an education whether white or black? That is why people think you are a racist is because of the remarks you've made in several forums regarding NCCU. Maybe you should go over there and take a class or two and get exposed to the wealth of knowledge the university has to offer instead of putting down the university. The school has stood the test of time and I think that speaks for itself.

  • rukiddingme Feb 2, 2007

    Come on people.....its obvious she is looking for attention. Please disregard her comments, then she will stop!

    Thank You!

  • kimmcn Feb 2, 2007

    Vickie, what exactly did you mean by the comment? Explain that and then we could answer your question regarding NCSU or UNC.

  • finallysingle Feb 2, 2007

    Would you have called the remarks racist if I had said the same thing about NCSU or UNC ? NO !!!