Trustees at Florida A&M University selected Elmira Mangum to be the school's 11th president.
Tallahassee, Florida (Tallahassee.com) -- Trustees at Florida A&M University selected Elmira Mangum to be the school's 11th president on Thursday morning.
a vice president for planning and budget at Cornell University in
Ithaca, N.Y., is the first female permanent president in FAMU's history.
She is also the first president since George Gore in 1950 who did not
graduate from FAMU.
Florida's lone public historically black university has not had a permanent president since James Ammons resigned in July 2012.
earned her undergraduate degree at North Carolina Central, a public
historically black university, before going to State University of New
York at Buffalo for her master's and doctorate degrees.
spent nine years at University of North Carolina as an associate
provost and was at the State University of New York at Buffalo before
taking the position of vice president for planning and budget at the Ivy
League school in Ithaca, N.Y.
She described herself as a "clean-up woman."
history has been dealing with challenges," Mangum said. "I'd like to
change (FAMU's) story. I'd like to focus on the positive things at the
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