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James Ammons Changes His Mind on Becoming Provost at Delaware State University

AmmonsIn May, it was announced that James H. Ammons would be the next provost and vice president for academic affairs at Delaware State University in Dover. He has been serving as a professor of political science at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee.

On July 3, Dr. Ammons announced that he would not take the position as provost at Delaware State and instead would remain on the faculty at Florida A&M University. No reason was given for the change of heart. Florida A&M University did confirm that Dr. Ammons will be teaching in Tallahassee this fall.

Dr. Ammons served as president of Florida A&M University from 2007 to 2012. He resigned as president the same day that a lawsuit was filed against the university by the parents of drum major Robert Champion, who authorities say died as a result of a hazing incident in November 2011.

Before leading Florida A&M University, Dr. Ammons was the chancellor of North Carolina Central University in Durham from 2001 to 2007. Earlier, he served as provost at Florida A&M University from 1995 to 2001.

Dr. Ammons is an alumnus of Florida A&M University and holds a master of public administration degree and a Ph.D. in government from Florida State University.


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