Chief Operating Officer

Donald E. Palm III, Ph.D., returned to Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) on August 14, 2023 as the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. He brings more than two decades of successful and innovative higher education experience and has accumulated a tremendous legacy of accomplishments.

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Dr. Palm's Vision for FAMU

During my tenure, we will seek to become a forward-thinking organization, ready to serve and educate future students of all ages, ethnicities, cultures in an ever- growing dynamic and diverse global community. Operations is the foundation upon which, we produce the high-quality intellectual capital the world demands. 

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Leadership Approach and Philosophy

Pillars of Performance Leadership 

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Working closely with university leaders to provide university leaders with methodologies and mindsets to deepen their capacity for senior level decision making and organizational leadership.  

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Seeking to align university departments and workflow processes to yield increased impactful and consistent results.  

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Developing efficient and effective organizational processes that advance the mission and strategic priorities of the university.  

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Cultivating a campus culture and environment that empowers faculty, staff, and students work together (as a team) and develop answers to challenges that create road blocks for campus operations.  This approach results in a continuous cycle of innovation and excellence.  

COO University Inititiatives



University Engagement