Florida A&M University Adds to Leadership Team

Florida A&M University (FAMU) continues to reform its leadership team before the new academic year.

At the end of last week, FAMU President Larry Robinson named a CFO for the university and a new dean for science and technology.

“FAMU has a 130-year legacy of academic excellence, and I remain committed to ensuring that each leader at our institution will not only sustain that legacy but build upon it,” Robinson said on Friday. “Our ongoing efforts to fill key university positions are focused on ensuring that FAMU is successful in executing its strategic plan, fulfilling its mission and exceeding state and national standards.”

Robinson turned to a familiar face to serve as CFO, tapping Wanda Ford to serve in that role and as vice president for finance and administration. Ford had been serving as interim CFO since 2016. Before that, she was executive director of FAMU’s Title III Programs, a post she began in 2013. Ford is a longtime member of the FAMU team, starting in 2001 when she was named assistant controller for the university.

“As CFO, Ford is responsible for overseeing some of the University’s vital operations, including information technology, human resources, facilities planning and construction, the budget office and controllers office, business process improvement and campus business auxiliaries,” Robinson’s office noted.

Richard Aló will start as dean of the College of Science and Technology next month. While he is new to FAMU, Aló is in somewhat familiar territory. Since 2012, Aló served as the dean of the Jackson State University College of Science, Engineering, and Technology. Before that, he was the program director in the Directorate for Education and Human Resources and Division of Undergraduate Education at the National Science Foundation. Aló  also worked at the University of Houston-Downtown where he was the  executive director of the Center for Computational Sciences and Advanced Distributed Simulation.

In addition to filling those posts, Robinson announced FAMU is searching for a permanent provost and vice president for academic affairs.


Kevin Derby can be reached at Kevin.Derby@floridadaily.com.

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