Sunday, June 05, 2016

Petition ignores fact that Robinson signed off on USDA land transfer before Mangum arrived

A change.org petition by the anonymous “Rattlers4FAMU Real Rattlers” wrongly gives FAMU President Elmira Mangum all of the credit for the transfer of federal land in Brooksville, Fla. to the university.

“Dr. Mangum's leadership ensured the transfer of nearly 400 acres from the United States Department of Agriculture to FAMU- the largest transfer ever to an HBCU,” the petition says.

The petition, which asks the FAMU Board of Trustees to grant Mangum a contract extension, is incorrect about the amount of federal land that was transferred to the university. It was 3,800 acres, not 400 acres.

“Rattlers4FAMU Real Rattlers” also ignored the fact that the transfer agreement was signed before Mangum even came to FAMU.

Back on March 1, 2014, FAMU Interim President Larry Robinson and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack signed a Memorandum of Understanding to transfer the 3,800 acres of federal land in Brooksville to FAMU.

The land was formerly used as a research station that focused on beef cattle. That research station closed in 2012.

Mangum finished the transfer process that had started before she became president. 

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