TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The fallout from the hazing death of a Florida A&M University drum major appears unlikely to end soon.
University leaders will hold an emergency meeting next week to start the search for a new president. That’s because James Ammons, the president since 2007, abruptly resigned Wednesday.
Ammons had vowed a month ago to remain at his job, despite a no-confidence vote from trustees that month. The famed Marching 100 band remains suspended for the coming year.
The university is also dealing with a deficit in its athletic program, which relied on the band to help draw large crowds to football games.
Eleven students will head to trial in October on felony charges related to drum major Robert Champion’s death.