Doctor Julian White has been a part of the FAMU community for more than half a century. First as a student, then as band director. But now that chapter has come to a close and not without controversy.
Since 1998, White has served as band director and chairman of the music department. He has overseen the band during some of its brightest and darkest moments. White’s bands have performed in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and the Rose Bowl. White is a two-time recipient of the FAMU teacher of the year award.
But he’s also faced scrutiny. White was temporarily suspended by the University after allegations of hazing surfaced with the death of Robert Champion. The Orange County Sheriff’s Office says Champion was killed during a hazing incident at last year’s Florida Classic.
White released a statement through his attorney Chuck Hobbs.
It says he will remain a ‘loyal Rattler’ and wishes the University ‘continued success’ .
White’s replacement has not been named. The FAMU Board of Trustees has called for a meeting Monday 5-14-12 to get an update on the band and their situation from President Doctor James Ammons.