FAMU Presidential Search Forum [GALLERY]

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Update by: James Buechele
January 8, 2014, 11:15 p.m.

The two answered questions Wednesday from students, faculty and staff moderated by WCTV's own Shonda Knight.

Students say this kind of open forum helps make the university more transparent.

"It's good to have these kind of forums so that we are knowledgeable of what's going on and so we can tell other people," said student Ellen Robinson.

Both candidates spoke on a number of issues including hazing, fundraising and increasing enrollment. Many in attendance had a different idea about what the biggest challenge moving forward will be.

"We've got to build that idea back that FAMU is still the number one historically black university in our nation," said Trenton Kirksey.

Updated By: Lanetra Bennett
January 8, 2014, 6pm

FAMU is close to choosing its next president. Today, the two final candidates took questions from administrators, students, and staff.

There was quite the crowd here at FAMU's Gaither Gymnasium this afternoon. The forum was split into two halves for each candidate to answer questions separately from students, faculty, and staff.

The two finalists for the FAMU candidacy are John Price and Elmira Mangum.

Price is the former founding president of the University of North Texas at Dallas.

During his portion of the forum, he said his unique experiences of starting a school from the ground up are his strengths. He said his only weakness is going from a university of 2,100 students to about 10,000 at FAMU.

Price says he would help students at FAMU graduate on time and reduce student debt.

"Looking at the university model in terms of how we charge for tuition and fees that include the students, is going to be of paramount importance because the old model of raising tuition every time you have a decrease in state funding is just currently not sustainable. In particular with some of the changes in federal financial aid at the federal level," said Price.

Candidate Elmira Mangum is the Vice President for budget and planning at Cornell University. She told the audience that she would like to reduce the student, faculty ratio at FAMU. She says that's a way to improve programs.

The search committee is on the agenda for the board of trustees' meeting tomorrow. We're told a president may be selected. We will kept you posted.

Updated By: Lanetra Bennett
January 8, 2014, 5pm

FAMU students, faculty, alumni and friends had the opportunity to hear from the university's presidential candidates today. There are two finalists.

The forum started at 2:00 and just wrapped up at the Gaither Gym at FAMU. The two finalists are Elmira Mangum and John Price.

The first to be questioned was Mangum. She is the Vice President for budget and planning at Cornell University.

Mangum says her experience in leadership is appropriate for FAMU at this time.

When asked about raising money for the university, she said fundraising begins with Rattler Nation, the more than 70,000 alumni, as well as working with legislators.

Mangum says to improve enrollment at FAMU, she says they'd have to recruit.

"You have to be intentional about the students that you want. You have to have your information available. You have to work with the counselors of the high school and pre-college programs and have them identify students for you, but, you have to make your case known. Marketing is an extremely important part of recruiting," said Magnum.

Price was questioned separately. He says his vision is to take FAMU to the next level.

He is the former founding president of the University of North Texas at Dallas.

News Release: FAMU

In an effort to provide the national Florida A&M University (FAMU) community and its supporters with access to the Jan. 8 Presidential Candidates Public Forum, a web cast and call-in line will be made available to the public for those who cannot attend.

WHAT: Online and telephone access to public forum

WHO: Presidential Candidates

WHEN: Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2 - 5 p.m.


  • Online: Famcast

  • By Phone: (877) 884-1929, Conf. ID: 31273871

  • On Campus: Jake Gaither Gymnasium at FAMU, 1755 Wahnish Way, Tallahassee, FL 32307

WHY: FAMU students, faculty, alumni and friends will have an opportunity to hear from the presidential candidates as they discuss their vision for the university in a moderated forum with audience Q&A. Those who cannot attend may view the event live online or listen by phone.

For more information, contact the Office of Communications at (850) 599-3413.

News Release: FAMU
Updated: January 6, 2014

ORLANDO – The Florida A&M University (FAMU) presidential search committee met today to interview candidates for the presidency and will invite two candidates to meet the full Board of Trustees in Tallahassee on Wednesday, Jan. 8.

  • Elmira Mangum, vice president for budget and planning at Cornell University

  • John Price, former founding president, University of North Texas at Dallas

The candidates will be interviewed by the Board during its meeting in the Al Lawson Multipurpose Center at 8:30 a.m. Additionally, the candidates will participate in a public forum with students, faculty, staff and alumni from 2 – 5 p.m. in Jake Gaither Gymnasium.

News Release: FAMU
Updated: January 2, 2014

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida A&M University (FAMU) Board of Trustees will hold its scheduled committee and full board meetings Jan. 8-9.

The committee meetings will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 8, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Alfred L. Lawson Jr. Multipurpose Center and Teaching Gymnasium (Lawson Center). Members of the public may access the meetings via phone by dialing (877) 884-1929. The conference ID number is 25072862.

The full board meeting will be held on Thursday, Jan. 9, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Lawson Center. Members of the public may access the meeting via phone by dialing (877) 884-1929. The conference ID number is 25079549. The Board will hear committee reports and consider finalists for the presidency.

For more information, call (850) 599-3413 or visit: FAMU Agenda and Minutes

News Release: FAMU

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – FAMU Board of Trustees Presidential Search Committee has scheduled its next presidential search meeting for Jan. 6-7, 2014 in Orlando, Fla. The committee plans to review qualified applications on Jan. 6 and interview presidential candidates on Jan. 7, with the goal of identifying finalist candidates for the Board’s consideration.

The January Board of Trustees meeting will be held in Tallahassee, Fla. on January 8-9, 2014. The Board will interview finalists on Jan. 8. Additionally, students, faculty, alumni and friends will get a chance to meet the finalists during forums on that date. It is anticipated that the selection of the President will be on the Board’s agenda for Thursday, Jan. 9.

Greenwood/Asher & Associates, Inc. is assisting Florida A&M University Board of Trustees in the search for FAMU's 11th President. For more information visit, www.famu.edu/presidentialsearch.

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