President James Ammons Shakes Up His Staff at Florida A&M University

James H. Ammons, president of Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, has announced several changes to his administration. “I have made major changes in my administration and have assigned members of my executive leadership team to areas where their skills and experience are needed the most,” said Ammons.

Larry Robinson, special assistant to the president, will assume the position of provost and vice president for academic affairs.  Robinson had previously served as provost from 2003 to 2005. He has also served as vice president for research and chief operating officer of the university. In 2010, he took a leave of absence from the university to serve as assistant secretary for conservation and management at the U.S. Commerce Department. He returned to FAMU last November.

Dr. Robinson is a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Memphis. He earned a Ph.D. in nuclear chemistry from Washington University in St. Louis.

Cynthia Hughes Harris, who has been serving as provost, will return to her previous role as the dean of the School of Allied Health Sciences.

Dr. Harris holds bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees, all from the University of Illinois.

Barbara Mosley, who is currently dean of the School of Allied Health Sciences, will be reassigned to the position of associate dean in the school.

In addition, Avery McKnight has been promoted to vice president for legal affairs and general counsel and will acquire the departments of risk management, labor relations, and equal opportunity programs.


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