Dr. Elmira Mangum, President
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
Making history as the first permanent female president in the institution’s 127-year legacy, Elmira Mangum, Ph.D., began her tenure as the 11th president of Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) on April 1, 2014.
A seasoned administrator, Dr. Mangum has served at the executive level of nationally recognized institutions of higher learning for more than 28 years. From 2010 until her appointment at FAMU, Dr. Mangum served as vice president for planning and budget at Cornell University. While at Cornell, she was the senior administrator charged with managing the university's resources and annual budgeting process.
Prior to her successful tenure at Cornell, President Mangum served in various administrative capacities for nine years at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, including serving as senior associate provost. Her career in higher education leadership began at the University of Wisconsin Extension, Geological and Natural History Survey as an operations specialist. She also served as an assistant dean, associate provost, and vice provost at the University at Buffalo (SUNY).
Dr. Mangum received a bachelor’s degree in geography and education from North Carolina Central University. She graduated with honors from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a master’s degree in public policy and public administration, and earned a second master’s degree in urban and regional planning. She received a doctor of philosophy in educational leadership and policy from the University at Buffalo.
Dr. Mangum’s commitment to public service is exemplified by her service to numerous boards and organizations, including: the American Association of University Women, the American Council of Education, Higher Education Resource Services (HERS), the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Inc., the National Council of Negro Women, the United Way, and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.