Castell Vaughn Bryant was the interim president of Florida A&M University between January 2005 and May 2007. She is the first woman to hold this position at the university. The Board of Trustees, upon her appointment, voted that Dr. Bryant would not be eligible to apply for or hold the permanent post of President of the University. R. B. Holmes, Co-Chairman of the Presidential Search Committee, announced that he'd had hoped that a new permanent president would be appointed by the end of 2006. Castell Bryant resigned from her position as interim President of from FAMU on Friday May 11, 2007. Dr. Larry Robinson served briefly as the university's Chief Operating Officer, until newly appointed President James H. Ammons assumed the post on July 2, 2007.