james ammons*(Via CNN) – The president of Florida A&M University announced his resignation Wednesday, more than seven months after a drum major for the university band died following a hazing incident.

“After considerable thought, introspection and conversations with my family, I have decided to resign from my position as president in order to initiate my retirement on October 11, 2012,” James H. Ammons wrote in a letter to the chairman of the school’s board of trustees, Solomon Badger III.

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James H. Ammons said he is leaving the post he has held for five years, effective this fall, but would remain as a tenured professor on the faculty. He made no direct reference to hazing in his letter.

Last month, the school’s trustees supported by 8-4 a no-confidence vote over Ammons’ performance.

“I hear you loudly and clearly,” Ammons told the board at the time. “I understand there are some measures that I have to take as president of this university to fix things, and I am going to fix them.”

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