Tallahassee, Florida (Tallahassee.com) -- Trustees at Florida A&M University selected Elmira Mangum to be the school's 11th president on Thursday morning.
Mangum,a vice president for planning and budget at Cornell University inIthaca, 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 notgraduate from FAMU.
Florida's lone public historically black university has not had a permanent president since James Ammons resigned in July 2012.
Mangumearned her undergraduate degree at North Carolina Central, a publichistorically black university, before going to State University of NewYork at Buffalo for her master's and doctorate degrees.
Shespent nine years at University of North Carolina as an associateprovost and was at the State University of New York at Buffalo beforetaking the position of vice president for planning and budget at the IvyLeague school in Ithaca, N.Y.
She described herself as a "clean-up woman."
"Myhistory has been dealing with challenges," Mangum said. "I'd like tochange (FAMU's) story. I'd like to focus on the positive things at theinstitution."
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