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FAMU president gets one-year contract extension after unanimous vote

Larry Robinson
Posted at 12:14 PM, Dec 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-04 12:14:39-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Florida A&M University President Larry Robinson was given a one-year extension on his contract Thursday, pushing his tenure to at least December 2021.

The FAMU Board of Trustees unanimously agreed to the new contract in anticipation of Robinson’s contract ending at the end of this month.

Currently, Florida Board of Governor regulations limit employment contract renewals for presidents to one year, and this new extension is subject to their approval.

FAMU Board of Trustees chairman Kelvin Lawson said Robinson’s leadership had an influence on his vote to extend the president.

“We clearly have benefited from the president’s strong leadership, as you can see in our performance funding scores, in our [increasing] investments in infrastructure and our overall improvement specifically in our student success metrics,” Lawson said. “This is the right thing to do.”

Robinson was named interim president in September 2016 and named permanent president in November 2017. He served three stints as interim president before becoming FAMU’s 12th president.