Delaware State’s new provost backs out before starting new gig

    (Photo courtesy of Delaware State University)

    (Photo courtesy of Delaware State University)

    Two days before his first day on the job, Delaware State’s new provost called it quits. 

    James Ammons, a Florida A&M University professor, backed out of accepting his new position. He made DSU leaders aware of his decision to remain as a faculty member in Tallahassee over the weekend. 

    In an email, DSU spokesman Carlos Holmes said, “No specific reason,” was given as to why the former Florida A&M president changed his mind last minute. 

    Following a months-long search, Ammons was chosen to lead the academic agenda at Delaware’s only historically black university in May. 

    Holmes said DSU will conduct another national search to find a new replacement for Alton Thompson, who resigned in March, shortly after the university announced it was cutting 23 of its low-enrollment programs.

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