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FAMU BOT Chairman Steps Down

Florida A&M University’s chairman for the board of trustees has resigned, according to the Tallahassee Democrat.

Rufus Montgomery notified other trustees of his decision Friday, following a failed vote to fire President Elmira Mangum.

In a brief statement, Montgomery said there needs to be an “effective working relationship” between the board chairman and president, and that the “current relationship is broken and irreparable.”

Montgomery, who is an alum of the HBCU, said that he has “consistently put FAMU first.”

Board of Trustees Vice Chair Kelvin Lawson released the following statement on Montgomery’s resignation.

“We appreciate the work of the former Board of Trustees chair, Rufus Montgomery,” Lawson wrote. “Today we begin the process of transitioning our board leadership team. With this change, we are recommitting ourselves to a conciliatory approach as we continue to provide leadership in the best interest of Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University. We have a proud history of 128 years and have launched countless alumni who are making serious contributions to communities across this country. Our intention is to do everything we can to continue that proud tradition.”

The trustees came close to firing Mangum during an emergency meeting on Thursday.

The vote came amid allegations about expensive repairs to her university-owned home and improper bonuses for a top employee.

Click here to read Montgomery’s full statement sent to Board members announcing his resignation.