St. Augustine’s president won’t seek top job at larger university

From staff reportsJanuary 5, 2014 

— St. Augustine’s University President Dianne Boardley Suber says she’s staying put at the Raleigh college after being named a finalist for the top job at Florida A&M University.

Suber said in a news release Sunday that she’s dropped out of the running for the president’s job in Florida. She was one of six semifinalists named on Friday for the Florida A&M post, but she won’t be interviewing for the role this week.

“As flattering as the invitation is, I am committed to serving the students and continuing the projects, development and expansion of Saint Augustine’s University,” she said.

Florida A&M is among the largest historically black universities in the country, and its student body is about seven times larger than St. Aug’s.

Suber has lifelong ties to Florida A&M because both of her parents were faculty members there. “I can truthfully say that all of my successes – both personal and professional – can be traced to the backdrop that is FAMU,” she said. “To be included on a list of such accomplished professionals is an honor.”

Suber has served as St. Augustine’s president for 14 years and has overseen major growth at the school, which is preparing to launch its first online master’s degree program later this year.

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