By: Byron Dobson – Tallahassee Democrat
Rufus Montgomery, an unabashed critic of President Elmira Mangum’s leadership, resigned effective immediately Thursday from the university’s board of trustees.
In his two-sentence letter to Gov. Rick Scott, Montgomery said, “It has been my esteemed pleasure to serve my alma mater in this capacity and I wish the best for Florida A&M University.”
He declined further comment when reached later in the day. Trustee chairman Cleve Warren also could not be reached for a comment. Kelvin Lawson, vice chairman of the board, said Montgomery’s absence will be felt.
“I’m surprised and he will be missed for his insightful leadership and his dedication and passion will be missed by the board,” Lawson said. “I personally wish him well in his future endeavors.”
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