Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) has announced that it is soon planning the inauguration of Dr. Elmira Mangum, who will be the school’s first ever female president. She will also be the 11th president of the prestigious university, which is now 127 years old.
The new president is going to be sworn in on October 3 of this year, but her tenure began on April 1st. The university is also planning a major donor drive to raise scholarship money for its students. The festivities are to include the Inaugural Scholarship Gala on October 3rd as well. The school hopes to raise $500,000 in its efforts to educate more African American youth.
“My presidency represents a new chapter at FAMU, a narrative that to be truly successful needs the united efforts of the FAMU community to affirm the university’s future as a ‘Best in Class’ global institution,” Mangum said. “With this in mind, there is no better way to celebrate this important moment in our history than to have all Rattlers home to join together and help continue FAMU’s rich legacy with the overarching goal of raising funds and awareness to support scholarships and other key institutional priorities.”
The gala isn’t cheap. Tickets are $150 per person and $300 for VIP admission. But the money appears to be going for a good cause, which makes it all worthwhile.
The 60-year old Dr. Mangum has a long history in academia. Since 2010, she has served as the Vice President for Planning and Budgeting at Cornell University. As the senior administrator in charge of managing the university’s finances, she helped the campus overcome a budget decifit that came into existence after the most recent economic crisis.
Dr Magnum has held many other administrative and academic appointments, including senior associate provost at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, vice provost at the University of Buffalo and operations specialist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Mangum also has held faculty appointments at Cornell’s Johnson School of Management, the UNC Chapel Hill School of Government and the UB Graduate School of Education.
“Dr. Mangum brings to FAMU the experience, expertise and energy needed to lead the university into the next phase of its great legacy,” said Trustee Karl White, chair of the presidential search committee. “She emerged from a noteworthy pool of applicants as the candidate who the Board believes is the best fit for this pivotal season in the university’s history.”