FAMU president ousted after 10-1 vote

Elmira Mangum's tenure as president of Florida A&M University ended Thursday when trustees voted to approve an exit plan.

The 10-1 vote was taken before a packed audience in the Grand Ballroom filled with students and alumni. Many had addressed trustees before the meeting, some speaking in support of Mangum, others against.

The vote was taken following an update from trustee Thomas Dortch, chair of Special Committee on Presidential Leadership.

Mangum agreed with the board's decision, saying, "I believe it is clear there is no way forward."

The trustees earlier this year refused to extend Mangum's three-year contract, which expires in April, with some trustees describing communication problems between the president and the trustees and other university groups.

Mangum is the first woman to serve as a non-interim president in FAMU's 129-year history.


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