Orlando, Fla. – For the first time, the Florida A&M University (FAMU) Faculty Senate president comes from the FAMU College of Law. FAMU Law Professor Ann Marie Cavazos was elected as president in March by a majority vote and will begin her term in August 2019. Cavazos previously served as FAMU Faculty Senate representative for the College of Law, secretary, then vice-president. The president also serves as the faculty representative on the FAMU Board of Trustees.
The Faculty Senate is the highest legislative body within the University and advises the University President on academic matters and other concerns affecting more than one school or college. The Faculty Senate, which includes representatives from every school and college within the University, considers, legislates, and advises on all matters of general University interest.
“At heart, I am an advocate, and will represent and defend zealously, with passion, and integrity the concerns of the faculty,” said Professor Cavazos, who sees her biggest strengths as her “innate ability to engage, inspire, and lead students to achieve challenging academic goals and objectives.”
“My deep-rooted belief is students learn by doing and I grant students the opportunity to integrate theory and practice into their learning experience,” said Professor Cavazos.
She has been with FAMU Law for 15 years and teaches Evidence, Florida Constitutional Law and Professional Responsibility. Professor Cavazos received her juris doctor from Temple University School of Law.
The Senate president serves a two-year term. Cavazos succeeds Bettye Grable, Ph.D., an associate professor in the School of Journalism & Graphic Communication, who served two terms.