TALLAHASSEE — Florida A&M University's Board of Trustees on Thursday selected Durham, N.C., native Elmira Mangum to be the school's first female president.
Currently vice president for budget and planning at Cornell University in upstate New York, Mangum will be tasked with leading Florida's only public black university to stronger academic and financial footing. The Board of Trustees 10-2 vote must be approved by the state Board of Governors.
Mangum has been a vice president at Cornell since 2010. Before that, she was an associate provost at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and on the senior staff at University at Buffalo. She began her career in higher education as an instructor and professor.
She earned her bachelor's degree from North Carolina Central University, a historically black college like FAMU. Mangum also has two master's degrees from the University of Wisconsin at Madison: one in urban and regional planning and a second in public policy and public administration. She earned a doctorate in educational leadership and policy from the University at Buffalo.
Mangum is the first president in nearly 40 years to not be a FAMU alum.