Ammons was the first person ever to be honored with the award.
“Although my drive for a better FAMU is derived from a sincere love for an institution, and not from the desire of recognition, I am grateful for the Tallahassee Urban League’s notice of my dedication to FAMU,” said Ammons.
The award is intended to honor local religious leaders, political figures, a family or an individual that weathered a dangerous storm and survived to tell their stories.
“This is first time that this award has been initiated, and we wanted to award Dr. Ammons because of a strong comeback of university,” said Rev. Ernest Ferrell, president and CEO of the Tallahassee Urban League. “This was a very difficult challenge and storm, but under his leadership they were able to turn the university back in the right direction.”
Upon Ammons’ arrival to FAMU, a total of six accredited degree programs were in jeopardy of probation or conditional accreditation. Amazingly, 10 months later, all of these programs are either reaccredited or have had a positive site visit.
In addition to resuscitating academic programs at FAMU, under Ammons’ leadership the institution received the first unqualified audit it has had in three years from the State of Florida Auditor General’s Office. In the past two years, FAMU received qualified audits, which ultimately led to the University being placed on probation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).