Florida A&M wants more than $100 million for split

Published On: Apr 10 2014 06:18:37 PM EDT
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -

Florida A&M University officials are warning top state officials it will cost more than $100 million if a plan to split the school's engineering college is approved.

Senate Republicans are pushing a proposal to separate the engineering college now run jointly with nearby Florida State University. They have put $13 million in the budget to pay for it.

FAMU remains opposed to the proposal. But school officials have distributed an outline that says the state's public historic black college would need more than $100 million if legislators approve the split.

FAMU President Elmira Mangum has told Gov. Rick Scott that the state could risk federal intervention over the separation. Mangum wrote in a letter there needed to be more discussion and review before any final decision is reached.

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