“The university lost a dear friend, excellent leader and administrator,” FAMU president Elmira Mangum said in a statement. “We will miss Nelson Townsend. We join his wife and family in mourning this great loss.”
FAMU has lost a dear friend, excellent leader & administrator. We will miss Nelson Townsend. We join his wife & family in mourning his loss.
— Pres. Elmira Mangum (@RattlerinChief) January 8, 2015
Townsend was taken to a local hospital about 8:30 a.m. prior to a meeting, school officials said.
The cause of Townsend’s death has not been determined.
Townsend, 73, replaced Kellen Winslow, who stepped down in December.