Elmira Mangum

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Dr. Elmira Mangum
11th President of
Florida A & M University
In office
April 1, 2014 – September 15, 2016
Preceded byLarry Robinson (chemist)
Succeeded byLarry Robinson (chemist)
Personal details
BornNorth Carolina
ResidenceTallahassee, FL
Alma materNorth Carolina Central University
ProfessionProfessor, Former President of Florida A&M University

Elmira Mangum was the 11th President of Florida A&M University (Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University), taking office on April 1, 2014. She became the first woman to permanently hold the position in the 128-year history of the university.[1] She served as President until September 2016.


Elmira Mangum was born in Durham, North Carolina[2] in 1953[3] to Ernest and Alice Blanche (née VanHook) Mangum.[2] She obtained her bachelor's magna cum laude from North Carolina Central University and went on to receive two master's degrees in public policy and public administration, as well as a master's degree in urban and regional planning, from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Subsequently, she earned a Ph.D. in educational leadership and policy at the University at Buffalo. She served as an associate provost at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for nine years and in 2010 became the vice president for budget and planning at Cornell University.[4]


  1. ^ "Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University Office on the President". Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University Office on the President. Retrieved 5 October 2015.
  2. ^ a b Blackburn, Doug (6 April 2014). "A new era begins". Tallahassee, Florida: Tallahassee Democrat. Retrieved 11 October 2015.
  3. ^ "New FAMU president has N.C. ties". Winston-Salem, North Carolina: The Chronicle. 15 January 2014. Retrieved 11 October 2015.
  4. ^ Ju, Anne (9 January 2014). "VP Elmira Mangum named president of Florida A&M". Ithaca, NY: Cornell Chronicle. Retrieved 11 October 2015.