Florida A&M University Selects Elmira Mangum to Become Next President; First Female to Hold the Position

This September 22, 2012, photo provided by Florida A&M University shows Dr. Elmira Mangum at the campus in Tallahassee, Fla. Dr. Mangum, a Cornell University vice president, was selected as FAMU's new president, Thursday Jan. 9, 2014. FAMU's former president resigned after the hazing death of drum major Robert Champion. FLORIDA A&M UNIVERSITY / AP
This September 22, 2012, photo provided by Florida A&M University shows Dr. Elmira Mangum at the campus in Tallahassee, Fla. Dr. Mangum, a Cornell University vice president, was selected as FAMU’s new president, Thursday Jan. 9, 2014. FAMU’s former president resigned after the hazing death of drum major Robert Champion. FLORIDA A&M UNIVERSITY / AP

Florida A&M University’s Board of Trustees on Thursday selected Elmira Mangum to be the school’s first female president despite objections from students, alumni and two trustees who expressed uncertainty that she is right person for the job.

Currently vice president for budget and planning at Cornell University, Mangum is tasked with leading Florida’s only public black university to stronger academic and financial footing. The 10-2 vote of the Board of Trustees must be approved by the state Board of Governors.

Mangum, 60, said FAMU is ready to move forward after facing some of its darkest days, including the hazing death of a drum major and accreditation probation.

“We have so many positive things to talk about at FAMU, so many excellent academic programs and student support programs,” she said. “We’re going to focus on those and continue to strengthen them.”

Mangum, who is single with three adult children, has been a vice president at Cornell since 2010. Before that, she was an associate provost at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and on the senior staff at University at Buffalo. She began her career in higher education as an instructor and professor.

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SOURCE: TIA MITCHELL
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