About the Chancellor

Dr. James H.  Ammons, Jr.
Dr. James H. Ammons, Jr.

Interim Chancellor

Email: jammons@suno.edu

Phone: 504-286-5121

Office: Bashful Administration Building, Room 300


Dr. James H. Ammons, Jr. assumed office as interim chancellor of Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO) on January 1, 2020.
Ammons has been an academic leader and professor for decades at multiple institutions of higher education. Prior to his appointment, he served as executive vice president of the Southern University System and executive vice chancellor of Southern University and A&M College.
He returned to his alma mater Florida A&M University (FAMU) as its 10th president, and a professor of political science after having served as chancellor of North Carolina Central University. At FAMU he contributed to developing more than 22 bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. programs, and also collaborated to reestablish its College of Law.
Ammons has served on 14 SACS accreditation committees and chaired the committees for North Carolina Central University, Norfolk State University, South Carolina State University, and Clemson University.  He was also as a member of the Board of Directors for the American Association of State Colleges and Universities; the American Association for Colleges of Teacher Education; the National Association of Historically Black Colleges and Universities Title III Administrators, Incorporated, and “The Conference Board,” which links corporate and academic perspectives on the economy, management and the role of business in society, to name a few.
Dr. Ammons has received many honors and awards, including the Willie E. Gary “Making a Difference Award,”  and induction into the FAMU Sports Hall of Fame.  He holds a B.S. degree in political science, an M.S. and Ph.D. In public administration from Florida State University. He is married to Judy Ammons (Ruffin) they have one son, James, III, and a granddaughter, Adalina. 

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