JAMES H. AMMONS is the president of Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU). A native of Winter Haven, Florida, Ammons earned his baccalaureate degree at FAMU, graduating in 1974 with a degree in political science. He then enrolled at Florida State University, earning a master’s degree in public administration in 1975 and a doctorate in government in 1977. Ammons began his academic career at the University of Central Florida, where he served as an assistant professor of public administration from 1977 to 1983 before returning to FAMU as a professor of political science. Over the course of his 17-year tenure at FAMU, Ammons has risen steadily through the administrative ranks, serving as assistant vice president for academic affairs from 1984 to 1989. From 1987 to 1988, he also served as a faculty program consultant to the Board of Regents, leading a comprehensive review of the Florida system’s nine political science programs. In 1989, Ammons was promoted to associate vice president for academic affairs and director of Title III programs, a post he held until being named FAMU’s chief academic officer in 1995. During his tenure as provost and vice president for academic affairs, the campus has witnessed unprecedented growth in student enrollment, freshman SAT/ACT scores, retention and graduation rates, and academic program offerings. Active in professional and civic organizations, Ammons has received numerous awards and honors. He was named an American Council on Education Fellow and a CIGNA Foundation Fellow in 1986-1987, a Booth Ferris Fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1993, and a Nissan-Educational Testing Service Fellow in 2000. At FAMU, he has received the 1987 Distinguished Alumni Award and the 1999 Millennium Award. Ammons was recently elected to the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has chaired numerous SACS accreditation review committees, including the 1999 SACS review of NCCU. He currently chairs the Editorial Board of the University Press of Florida and serves on the American Association of State Colleges and Universities’ Task Force on the Professional Development of Teachers. He also has served on the boards of directors of the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce and the Tallahassee Marine Institute, as well as on the Promotion Review Board of the Florida Highway Patrol.


SANDRA BEGAY-CAMPBELL is a principal member of the technical staff at Sandia National Laboratories. Ms. Begay-Campbell leads Sandia’s technical efforts in the Renewable Energy Program to assist tribes with renewable energy development. She also serves as a member of the National Science Foundation’s Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering. A member of the Navajo nation, she combines her cultural values with the technical environment. Begay-Campbell is the former executive director of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES), a



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