TAMPA, Fla. – Today, the Florida Board of Governors (BOG) unanimously approved the appointment of Elmira Mangum, Ph.D. to become the 11th president of Florida A&M University (FAMU). The vote officially paves the way for her presidency to begin on April 1.
“I am honored and pleased by the recommendation of the FAMU Board of Trustees, and the faculty, students and staff that expressed their faith in me to become the next president of Florida A&M University,” Mangum said. “I am thankful for the opportunity to come and continue the legacy that was established many years ago.”
During a presentation to the BOG outlining her plan for FAMU, Mangum shared how the opportunity to lead FAMU was the manifestation of the dreams of many of the teachers who prepared her for the path of a career in higher education. Mangum is a first generation college graduate and an alumnus of a historically black college, which she said motivated her to pursue the lead role at one of the nation’s leading HBCU’s.
Mangum also expressed a strategy to make the State University System’s priorities, her priorities. These priorities include: increasing retention and graduation rates; reducing profile admits; reducing student excess hours; reducing student debt; increasing professional/licensure passage rates and increasing the production of degrees in STEM programs.
“The goal is for FAMU to remain true to its mission of being an access point into the academic system, while emphasizing instruction, research and engagement,” said Mangum. “Parents send their students to us with great expectations and they will be met with great expectations to succeed.”
BOG members Matt Carter and Manoj Chopra extended a word of support for Mangum’s appointment.
“I want to congratulate FAMU on a well-planned and executed search led by [Presidential Search Committee] Chairman Karl White,” Chopra said. “The search was conducted with integrity and the committee was able to find an excellent candidate in Dr. Mangum.”
Mangum has served as vice president for Planning and Budget at Cornell University since January 2010, where she was the senior administrator responsible for the management of Cornell’s resources and the annual budgeting process. She arrived at Cornell when the operating budget had a growing annual structural deficit and over 26 percent of the endowment had been lost in the economic downturn. The recovery from this condition defines much of her service and leadership at Cornell as a change leader.
A seasoned administrator, with more than 28 years of experience in executive higher education financial and resource management, her administrative leadership began at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Geological and Natural History Survey as an operations specialist. Mangum has also held positions at the University at Buffalo (UB), a State University of New York system university. From 1984 to 2001, she served UB as assistant dean, associate and assistant provost for resource management and as vice provost. For approximately nine years, she served at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, leaving as senior associate provost in 2010 to become a vice president at Cornell University.
Mangum is a member of the HERS Board of Directors, the NCCU Creating the Vision Board of Directors, the Board of Directors of the Network for Change and Continuous Improvement (NCCI) and was a state representative and university chair of the American Association of University Women. She continues to present on current topics at the annual meetings of the National Association of College and University Business Officers and other organizations in higher education.
Mangum earned a bachelor’s degree in geography and education from North Carolina Central University and graduated with honors from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with two master’s degrees, one in public policy and public administration and another in urban and regional planning. In addition, she received her Ph.D. in educational leadership and policy from the University at Buffalo, where she received distinction for her work on leadership in higher education. She also was in the inaugural class of the Millennium Leadership Institute, attended the Harvard Graduate School of Education Management Development Program and Cornell’s Administrative Management Institute. More recently, she completed the leadership program at the Center for Creative Leadership in North Carolina and is a life member of the National Council of Negro Women and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.