Wednesday, June 11, 2008

FAMU President to Serve on Two National Committees to Develop Policy

James H. Ammons, president of Florida A&M University, has been selected to serve on two national committees that will develop policy used by officials in government and education.

As a member of the Committee on Underrepresented Groups and the Expansion of the Science and Engineering Workforce Pipeline, President Ammons will help develop resolutions to increase studies in the fields of math, science and engineering. The committee is scheduled to conduct a 12-month congressionally-mandated study to examine ways to increase the participation of underrepresented minorities in various education programs in preparation for the science and engineering workforce.

In a second committee Ammons will serve as an educational associate member of the Conference Board. Since 1916, the board has been delivered data and analysis on the economy and fast-changing management practices. Nearly 2,000 companies, colleges, and universities worldwide rely on The Conference Board. In past years the board has created the first cost of living index in the U.S. and currently produces indices such as the Consumer Confidence Index, Consumer Internet Barometer, and the Leading Economic Indicators.

In an effort to help establish and enhance the plight of minority institutions, Ammons will also serve as a board member on the National Association of Historically Black Colleges and Universities Title III Administration. The mission of the board is to strengthen the resource development capacity of Historically Black Colleges and Universities in order to move them into the mainstream of American Higher Education.

Ammons expressed great pride and joy in his nomination and appointments to these prestigious boards.

“It is a distinct honor for me to serve as a board member with these important and dynamic organizations. I look forward to having an opportunity to help develop policies that will enhance the higher education community and help inform the general public on what is needed to keep America as the world’s leader in research and cutting-edge technology.” Ammons said.

Ammons will begin his second year as president of FAMU on July 2. An official installation ceremony will take place on October 31.

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