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FAMU's woes now job of panel

Eight people are selected to try to resolve the school's myriad troubles.

Associated Press
Published March 23, 2007


TALLAHASSEE - Retired Florida Supreme Court Justice Leander Shaw was one of eight members who were named Thursday to a task force, heavy on legal and education governance talent, that will try to help Florida A&M University resolve financial and accounting problems.

Those issues have become so severe that some lawmakers have called for a criminal investigation, but the Task Force on FAMU Financial and Operational Control Issues will have a different focus.

It will examine the areas of highest institutional risk, review and identify gaps in policies and procedures, prepare a plan to correct deficiencies, ensure compliance with policies, procedures and standards, and make recommendations.

The panel also will work closely with the state's auditor general and the Joint Legislative Audit Committee.

Board of Governors Chairwoman Carolyn King Roberts appointed Lynn Pappas of Jacksonville, a lawyer who chairs the board's Audit Committee, to head the task force.

Other members are:

- Ava Parker, a Jacksonville lawyer.

- W. George Allen, a Fort Lauderdale lawyer and FAMU trustee.

- William "Bill" Jennings, a retired executive director of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority and FAMU trustee.

- Albert Dotson Sr. of Miami, chairman and CEO of Puryear Inc. and a Florida International University trustee.

- Barbara Bowles of Chicago, vice chairwoman of Profit Investment Management.

- Edward Penson of Tallahassee, general chairman and senior scholar of Penson Associates Inc., a former president of Salem College and former chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Oskosh.