Florida A&M University

FAMU President Elmira Mangum discusses the new school year, recent controversies with FAMU Board of Trustees.
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Florida A&M University could be without a president come April. That’s after trustees opted not to renew President Elmira Mangum’s contract. Florida A&M University may have to start searching for a new president soon. That’s after trustees refused to renew President Elmira Mangum’s contract.

FAMU President Elmira Mangum (green) and Provost Marcella David (orange) address the Florida Board of Governors. (6/22/16)
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Florida A&M University is in line to get more than $25.5 million in performance funding. That’s due to making progress on the state’s university report card.

Elmira Mangum
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Florida A&M University’s Board of Trustees is refusing to discuss contract renewal for university president Elmira Mangum—at least for now.  But the decision puts her continued service in doubt. 

Dr. Shelby Chipman conducts the Marching 100 in this undated photo

Shelby Chipman is the new Director of Bands at Florida A&M University. FAMU President Elmira Mangum announced the promotion during the school' National Alumni Association's annual alumni awards gala Friday evening.

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Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam is touting the role he played in what’s being hailed as the largest land transfer ever from the federal government to a historically black college or university.

(L-R) Sen. Bill Montford (D-Tallahassee), Sen. Oscar Braynon (D-Miami), Sen. Anitere Flores (R-Miami) and Sen. Joe Negron (R-Stuart).
Nick Evans

Higher education promises to be a central focus for incoming Senate President Joe Negron, and he just completed a four day tour of Florida’s university system.  Every school wants the same things, but the visit to two schools in Tallahassee shows they’re not starting from the same place.

From Left, Sen. Bill Montford (D-Tallahassee), FAMU President Elmira Mangum, Sen. Joe Negron (R-Stuart), Sen. Lizbeth Benaquisto (R-Ft. Meyers).
Nick Evans

Incoming Senate President Joe Negron is touring Florida’s university system.  He’s considering a tuition break to encourage on-time graduation.

A re-vote at Florida A&M University’s law school is on hold after university officials appealed a lower court ruling Monday. The fight is over the contested outcome of the student body president election. Justin Bruno won the race but his challenger appealed.  FAMU trustees met via conference call Tuesday to discuss the issue and others that have recently popped up at the school.

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A Leon Circuit Judge has granted a request for an injunction over Florida A&M University’s contested student government presidential election. On the line is a voting spot on FAMU’s board which must soon decide whether to renew the employment contract of President Elmira Mangum.

FAMU SGA Vice President Justin Bruno (center) speaks to reporters at Lee Hall. Bruno is suing to stop a new election in the SGA President's race, which he won.
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 Update 3/24/16: A Leon County circuit judge has granted an injunction request made by Justin Bruno. The move means a new SGA Presidential election will apply only to FAMU's Law School in Orlando.

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Florida A&M University alumnus John Thompson is a major player in the tech industry. He’s the former chairman of Microsoft, and previously led the software company Symantec, known for its Norton anti-virus software. Today, he leads a startup called Virtual Instruments.

Yolanda Jackson

Florida A&M University held the first African American Mayors’ Roundtable Friday. 

Florida House of Representatives

The House is debating a bill that would change Tallahassee’s downtown boundary for alcohol sales. 

Governor Rick Scott has filled three vacancies on Florida A&M University's governing board. Most of the departures come after a failed bid to unseat the school's president. Scott has started reshaping the makeup of the board, and some of the newest members are already familiar names.


Recently, a video from Tallahassee posted to a social media app used by college students, sparked a sexual assault investigation. But in the digital age tracking unseemly, and possibly illegal behavior through such apps is getting harder: and it forces law enforcement to walk a fine line between the right to privacy and policing.


Florida A&M University has cut ties with longtime general counsel Avery McKnight.  It’s the latest change in personnel made by school President Elmira Mangum.

Mangum speaking at Lee Hall Thursday.
Nick Evans

Florida A&M University President Elmira Mangum is grasping for some way to change the subject in the wake of a failed ouster and a shake up on the board of trustees.  Mangum announced a criminal justice forum focused on efforts to ban the box.

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Update: The latest turmoil at the top of Florida’s premier historically black university sparked student protests Thursday and left an influential alumnus fuming.

FAMU President Elmira Mangum and FAMU Board of Trustees Chairman Rufus Montgomery
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Florida A&M University President Elmira Mangum has issued a response to her Board of Trustees. Mangum is accusing the board of micro-managing her and says the claims of financial irregularities during her tenure are "baseless".

President Elmira Mangum.
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Update: The Florida Board of Governors is checking up on several financial issues at Florida A&M University. Many parts of the BOG's request are similar to concerns being raised by FAMU's own trustees who are holding an emergency meeting Thursday.

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Florida A&M University saw an uptick in attendance during the past weekend’s homecoming game. The rattlers’ broke their season-long losing streak with a win over Delaware State.

Former FAMU Trustee Bill Jennings Dies

Oct 5, 2015
Florida A&M University

Former Florida A&M University trustee William "Bill" Jennings, has died.  Jennings, an alumnus of FAMU, served on its board of trustees from 2001 to 2013.

Sybil Mobley
Florida A&M University

The founding dean of Florida A&M University's business school has died. Sybil Mobley passed away Tuesday at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital. She was 89 years old.

City Offers Sneak Peak Of FAMU Way Extension

Sep 16, 2015

The City of Tallahassee is preparing to re-open part of FAMU Way. Upon completion, the 1 mile roadway will run east to west, connecting South Monroe Street to Lake Bradford Road.

Florida’s public university governing board has approved a work plan for Florida A&M University but some board members are concerned the goals are still too low. At least one member is openly questioned whether FAMU’s goal to serve low-income students is obsolete.