Thursday, December 01, 2016

Rattler Nation: Stories you read here first during the Mangum years (Part 2)

Many supporters of former FAMU President Elmira Mangum didn’t want to talk about her poor treatment of the university faculty or the millions FAMU lost due to her enrollment decline. But full coverage of those issues was available here on Rattler Nation. 

Jackson speaks out about Mangum administration’s treatment of FAMU faculty
One of the top viewed stories of all Rattler Nation’s posts on Mangum was the one that included the full text of the open letter written by School of Business and Industry Professor Annette Singleton Jackson.

At a time when so-called “leaders” like the FAMU alumni in the Florida Legislature showed no concern about how badly Mangum was hurting the faculty at their alma mater, Jackson spoke out about how professors were being “devalued, demoralized, harassed, fired without cause, denied tenure and promotion for spurious reasons, forced to go without being paid, [and] lied to by University officials…”

June 8, 2016: Tallahassee Democrat: "SBI professor lends support to UFF-FAMU leader"

Financial losses from Mangum’s enrollment decline
Rattler Nation began its coverage of the financial losses caused by the enrollment decline under Mangum in June, 2016. This blog was the first report that FAMU lost $9M+ due to the enrollment decline that happened during Mangum’s second year.

August 3, 2016: Tallahassee Democrat: "Mangum seeks $10.5 million in spending cuts at FAMU"

FAMU alumni reduced to minority in appointed BOT seats
Another attack against the university in 2015 that the alumni lawmakers showed no signs of caring about was the decision to reduce FAMU alumni to a minority in the appointed seats on the Board of Trustees. At the University of Florida and Florida State University, alumni hold the majority of the appointed seats.

Despite the lack of concern from the FAMU alumni lawmakers, FAMU National Alumni Association (NAA) President Gregory L. Clark and past NAA President Tommy Mitchell have been speaking out about the issue.

December 19, 2015: Rattler Nation: "FAMU only has 3 appointed alumni trustees, UF has 10"

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