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Changes at the top of Florida's historically black colleges

Edward Waters College, Jacksonville

Former Jacksonville sheriff Nat Glover recently completed his first full year as the 29th president of Edward Waters College, a job he took on an interim basis in 2010 before it was made permanent in February 2011. Glover, a Waters graduate, helped stabilize the institution’s finances. In Glover, the school has a champion well connected in Jacksonville and able to woo donations from business leaders. He also has a plan to build enrollment at Waters, which had financial troubles and difficulty getting reaccredited several years ago. Glover also wants to add majors and new buildings.

Nat Glover
Nat Glover [Photo: Kelly Jordan/The Florida Times-Union]

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Florida A&M University, Tallahassee

Ed Ammons
James Ammons [Photo: Pil Coale/AP Photo]
Florida A&M University, the state’s only public historically black college, still is dealing with the aftermath of the beating death of drum major Robert Champion, 26, who died Nov. 19 at the hands of fellow band members during an apparent hazing. In early May, 13 people were charged in Champion’s death and more than 20 counts of misdemeanor hazing were also filed for other victims who were not seriously injured. FAMU President James Ammons suspended the famous Marching 100. Beyond the high-profile incident and systemic hazing troubles with the band, Ammons for the most part has righted FAMU’s financial ship. The university had chronic problems with financial mismanagement that Ammons was brought in to mend.


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Enrollment
College 2010 10-Year Change
FAMU 13,277 +9.2%
Bethune-Cookman 3,577 +30.0
Florida Memorial 1,881 -5.2
Edward Waters 769 -22.0
Source: Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida, Florida Board of Governors

Bethune-Cookman, Daytona Beach

Trudie Kibbe Reed
Trudie Kibbe Reed [Photo: Peter Bauer/Daytona Beach News-Journal]
Trudie Kibbe Reed is leaving after seven years as president at Bethune-Cookman University, the largest of the state’s three private historically black colleges. The first woman president since founder Mary McLeod Bethune, Reed has taken Bethune-Cookman from college to university by introducing graduate programs. A dustup among board members over disclosure of her departure led to university board chair Larry R. Handfield stepping down too. Reed fired four male professors in 2009 for alleged sexual harassment. The four and other employees dismissed for unrelated reasons sued over their getting fired; the institution drew censure from a university professor association for alleged failures in due process and academic freedom for professors.


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Florida Memorial University, Miami Gardens

Ed Lewis
Henry Lewis III
Florida Memorial University in February marked President Henry Lewis III’s first year on the job with his formal inauguration. Lewis, the university’s 12th president since its founding in 1879, has a doctorate in pharmacy and was dean of Florida A&M University’s pharmacy college.