Interim President Larry Robinson, Ph.D., issued the following statement on June 13:
“The top priority of FAMU and the School of Journalism & Graphic Communication is to ensure that our students have the resources and facilities needed to promote academic success.
We have been more than willing to support the Black Television News Channel with the goal of assisting students with practical experiences, and we have kept our doors and hearts open to that opportunity.
There is a process established by the Florida A&M University Board of Trustees and Florida Board of Governors that must be followed when it comes to major renovations to state funded facilities. We have continued to ensure that there is an opportunity for the Black Television News Channel and its principals to provide the information that we need to move this matter forward. We understand they have a timeline and obligations to their investors, and similarly, we have a responsibility to meet the procedures and processes required by the FAMU Board of Trustees and Florida Board of Governors.”