Board Of Governors Confirms Dr. Elmira Mangum As New FAMU President

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News Release: State Representative Alam Williams Press Office

Updated: February 20, 2014, 5:45pm

State Representative Alan Williams (D-Tallahassee), Florida Legislative Black Caucus Chairman issued the following statement on the Florida Board of Governors confirmation on selection of Elmira Mangum as the Florida A&M University’s next president:

“As a state lawmaker and third generation graduate of Florida A&M University, I congratulate Dr. Elmira Mangum on the Board of Governors confirmation of her as Florida A&M University 11th university president. I commend Interim President Larry Robinson for his strong leadership to ensure that FAMU remains a beacon of academic excellence in the transition of a new university president.

“This is a historic moment for the university in welcoming its first female permanent president. I look forward to working with Dr. Magnum in the community and the Legislature to lead the university forward in preparing and empowering the next generation of leaders. The legacy of FAMU will live on and I support Dr. Magnum in ensuring the victory that the true values and the mission of the University are fulfilled.”

By: Lanetra Bennett
February 14, 2014

Tallahassee, FL - While board of trustee members were divided on contract issues regarding benefits, some FAMU students say they're glad the board approved Dr. Elmira Mangum's counter offer.

Student Samantha Chahin says, "I definitely believe she deserves it, especially if she brings the change that she says she's going to bring. She basically says that she's going to sweep house; and I think it's time for FAMU to get a fresh new look."

Before Thursday's contract approval via teleconference, some trustees did express concerns of offering so many benefits to someone who's never been a university president nor a professor.

The Board of Governors meets February 20th to confirm Mangum's appointment.

News Release: FAMU

Statement from BOT Chairman Solomon Badger Regarding Presidential Contract:

“We are pleased that we have approved the terms of the presidential contract and in speaking with Dr. Elmira Mangum tonight, she has agreed to accept the terms in the updated contract. We look forward to our meeting with the Board of Governors on February 20 to confirm her appointment.”

News Release: Associated Press News

Updated: February 13, 2014, 8:30pm

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Trustees who oversee Florida A&M University are finally approving a new contract for the school's new president.

The FAMU board voted Thursday to approve a $425,000-a-year contract for Elmira Mangum. Mangum is currently vice president for budget and planning for Cornell University.

But the vote was not unanimous. During a contentious two-and-a-half hour meeting several trustees raised questions about perks included in the three-year contract. A majority of trustees voted down proposed contract changes.

This was the third meeting the board held to discuss the contract. Mangum rejected some of the changes that had previously been proposed.

Mangum's proposed base salary is nearly $84,000 higher than what FAMU paid James Ammons, who abruptly resigned in 2012 amid the fallout after the hazing death of drum major Robert Champion.

Updated By: Lanetra Bennett

February 13, 2014, 6pm

Trustees just voted to accept Mangum's counter offer with one amendment.

That change says if Mangum resigns before three months, her sabbatical would reduce from one year to six months.

News Release: FAMU

February 11, 2014, 6pm

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida A&M University (FAMU) Board of Trustees has scheduled an emergency called meeting for Thursday, Feb. 13 at 4 p.m. The general subject matter of the meeting is to consider the employment contract of President-select Dr. Elmira Mangum.

The public may access the meeting by dialing (877) 884-1929. The conference ID number is 23698072.

For more information, call (850) 599-3413 or visit,

By: Lanetra Bennett
February 7, 2014

Tallahassee, FL - It took five hours and two teleconferences, but, the FAMU Board of Trustees has approved a three-year contract for its new president.

The base salary approved for FAMU's newest president, Dr. Elmira Mangum, is $425,000. That's nearly $84,000 more than former president, Dr. James Ammons.

A motion to drop Mangum's base salary to $385,000 failed during Friday's teleconference by a 7 to 5 vote.

Trustees hope to have Mangum start by April 1st.

If Mangum agrees to the contract, it still has to be approved by the Florida Board of Governors.

By: Associated Press
January 31, 2014

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Trustees who oversee Florida A&M University are divided over a contract for the school's new president.

The FAMU board was scheduled Friday to approve a $425,000 contract for Elmira Magnum. Magnum is currently vice president for budget and planning for Cornell University.

Several trustees raised questions about the contract and perks included in it. But other trustees voiced concerns that quibbling over the contract could delay when Magnum would start. Trustees agreed to rework the contract and to take a vote next week.

Magnum's proposed base salary is nearly $84,000 higher than what FAMU paid James Ammons. Ammons abruptly resigned in 2012.

The contract also calls for relocation expenses, a 10 percent performance bonus, an annuity worth 15 percent of Magnum's salary, and a country club membership.

By: Lanetra Bennett
January 31, 2014

Tallahassee, FL - The university's Board of Trustees just wrapped up a lengthy meeting via conference call to approve Dr. Elmira Mangum's employment contract.

The meeting got underway at 10 Friday morning.

The board voted earlier this month in favor of Mangum. The draft contract puts Mangum's start date at April 1st with a salary of $425,000.

Because of several questions and concerns from board members, the board decided to hold off on approving the contract Friday. Members voted to submit their proposed changes to the university attorneys and reconvene by phone next Friday.

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