Showing posts with label Mangum. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Mangum. Show all posts

Thursday, March 23, 2017

NCA&T controls millions at its COE, FAMU lost control of $12.9M at FAMU-FSU COE

NCA&T Chancellor Harold Martin listens as then-FAMU President Elmira Mangum speaks in 2015
North Carolina A&T University is not only the largest single campus historically black college or university (HBCU) in the nation, but its College of Engineering remains the #1 producer of engineering degrees on the undergraduate level awarded to African Americans.

The NCA&T College of Engineering continues to benefit from Chancellor Harold Martin’s decision to make it a central part of his vision for strengthening the university’s presence in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education. Martin’s work to build his alma mater’s engineering programs goes back to his years of service as chairman of the Department of Electrical Engineering and later dean of the college.

One big advantage that NCA&T’s engineering college currently has over Florida A&M University’s is that NCA&T controls millions of recurring dollars in legislative appropriations for its program. A study from 2011 estimated that the recurring appropriation for the NCA&T College of Engineering was about $5M per year.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

FSU got secret $2M on behalf of FAMU-FSU COE, Mangum’s name wasn’t on request form

A report by the Naples Daily News shows that FSU President John Thrasher got his university a secret $2M appropriation on behalf of the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering (COE). But then-FAMU President Elmira Mangum’s name wasn’t on the request form he submitted to the Florida Legislature.

“The College of Engineering shared by FSU and Florida A&M University also received $2 million in a one-time secret appropriation that lists Thrasher as the requester on a form also dated Dec. 4, 2015, with [FSU lobbyist Kathleen Daly] identified as the contact, records show. FAMU President Elmira Mangum’s name was not included on the form,” the newspaper reported.

The December 4, 2015 request by Thrasher came less than five months after FAMU lost budget authority for the COE. July 1, 2015 was the date that the Chief Financial Officer of Florida began sending the multi-million dollar appropriated budget for the engineering college to FSU instead of FAMU. FAMU had previously gotten the funds in its general revenue line for 28 years.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

2015: Thrasher praises Mangum’s support of changes that lead FAMU to lose budget control at COE

Back at a Florida Board of Governors (BOG) meeting on February 19, 2015, FSU President John Thrasher praised then-FAMU President Elmira Mangum for supporting a plan with changes that helped him put an end to 28 years of FAMU budget control at the joint College of Engineering (COE).

He made the comments as Mangum sat in the chair next to him.

Thrasher told the BOG: “The thing that I think President Mangum and I have both agreed on and certainly with your staff is this, this, these changes, these changes that we’re talking about, the organizational changes, the transparency, the accountability, which are all in here, which you all, every one of you I know believe in, frankly go back to making this a successful program for the students.”

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

NCA&T gained $4M in tuition and fees during 2015-2016 as FAMU took $9M+ loss

North Carolina A&T University remains the #1 largest single campus historically black college or university. It took that title from FAMU back in 2014-2015.

The enrollment at NCA&T has continued to increase since then. NCA&T had a total of 10,852 students in Fall 2015. But FAMU’s student numbers slid down to 9,920. That cost FAMU $9M+ from tuition and fee losses.

NCA&T had an increase of about $4M in tuition and fees due to its enrollment bump in 2015-2016.

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Meyers had strong enrollment management skills that Mangum lacked

At her last FAMU Board of Trustees (BOT) meeting, then-President Elmira Mangum defended her enrollment decline that cost the university millions of dollars.

“Quantity does have to be sacrificed in order to get quality,” she told the BOT.

The enrollment trends at public historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) like North Carolina A&T University (NCA&T) and North Carolina Central University (NCCU) show that the claim Mangum made isn’t true.

NCA&T Chancellor Harold Martin and the late NCCU Chancellor Debra Saunders-White didn’t place quality aside as they expanded enrollment. Both succeeded in reversing the enrollment declines at their schools while also bringing in freshmen classes that had 3.0+ average GPAs.

Carolyn Meyers was another top administrator at a public HBCU who enlarged the quantity of her student body without any negative effect on quality.

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.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Rattler Nation: Stories you read here first during the Mangum years (Part 1)

Florida A&M University saw years of progress roll backwards during the presidency of Elmira Mangum (2014-2016). Here are some of the stories you read here first on Rattler Nation before they hit the state and national headlines:

FAMU loses budget control of FAMU-FSU College of Engineering after 28 years
FSU President John Thrasher used Mangum to help him put an end to FAMU’s budget control at FAMU-FSU College of Engineering (COE). His effort was boosted by Mangum's failure to understand the fact that FAMU had been in charge of the money for 28 years. 

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Performance-based funding a problem, but it isn’t “killing” FAMU

Rattler Nation has written for years about why funding in the State University System of Florida (SUS) shouldn’t be tied to six-year graduation rates. FAMU has had a course load cliff for years. Most FAMU students have to take smaller course loads whenever the cost of college increases. Smaller course loads hurt the FAMU six-year graduation rate.

Six-year graduation rates are currently one part of the performance funding metrics of the Florida Board of Governors (BOG). That’s a problem. But it isn’t “killing” FAMU.

SUS schools that don’t meet the minimum performance standards can lose a capped amount of “institutional investment” money that comes out of their annual appropriation from the legislature. FAMU hasn’t lost any money due to that because it has met the minimum standards each year.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Moody’s downgrades FAMU dormitory bond rating, cites Mangum’s enrollment decline

The millions FAMU lost in tuition and fees due to declining enrollment under former President Elmira Mangum has now played a big role in hurting the school’s dormitory bond rating.

Last week, a press release by Moody’s Investors Service announced the company’s decision to downgrade to “Baa1” FAMU’s $38 million Series 2012A Dormitory Revenue Bonds issued by the Division of Bond Finance on behalf of the Florida Board of Governors. It reported that the “outlook is negative.”

Mangum began her presidency on April 1, 2014. Eight months later, on December 1, 2014, Moody’s gave FAMU an “A3” rating, which is one level higher than the new 2016 rating of “Baa1.”

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Times right choice to rebuild damaged reputation of FAMU Office of Communications

The FAMU Office of Communications took a huge hit in its public reputation under former President Elmira Mangum. But Kathy Y. Times is a strong new head administrator for the office who is already making strides in repairing the damage.

Mangum’s Vice-President of Communications and External Relations Jimmy Miller, who she appointed in 2014, provided such poor “leadership” that the Office of Communications itself became a recurring source of embarrassing news for FAMU.

Miller caused negative headlines by bumbling important communications with the FAMU Board of Trustees (BOT) regarding the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering and reassignment of ex-Chief Financial Officer Dale Cassidy.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

FAMU president has final say on faculty appointments, not deans

Last month’s Rattler Nation editorial that mentioned how John Thrasher used former FAMU President Elmira Mangum to help him put an end to 28 years of FAMU budget control at FAMU-FSU College of Engineering (COE) got the usual misinformed responses on social media from Rattlers-in-name-only who still don’t have a clue.

FAMU went from having control over the then-$10.4M COE budget in 2015 to now just being the tenure home of the COE dean.

One of the nonsense claims that’s still being spread is that FAMU is really better off now because previous COE deans declined to fill vacant FAMU faculty positions and moving the dean’s tenure home to FAMU was necessary to fix that problem.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

"To the left, to the left": Separation agreement between FAMU and Mangum finalized

The signed exit agreement between former FAMU President Elmira Mangum and the Board of Trustees (BOT) was made final early last week

BOT members expressed frustration on September 29 in response to a report that the university hadn’t received a signed copy of the document from Mangum. An attorney for the BOT explained that Mangum had asked for some additional changes to the agreement.

But Thomas Dortch, chair of the Special Committee on President Leadership, said the BOT might pull back its offer to pay Mangum’s moving costs and legal fees if the separation agreement has to be revised. The full BOT decided to wait until October 6 before taking any further action.

A Tallahassee Democrat article later reported that Mangum chose to sign the agreement on September 28 and that FAMU received it on October 3.

Interim President Larry Robinson told WCTV-6 that the agreement was made final on October 4.  

Friday, October 07, 2016

Kyle Washington’s name finally gone from FAMU Communications staff directory

The administration of former President Elmira Mangum often ran its business like a third-rate reality TV series. But now, the channel is changing in Lee Hall.

One positive update that is now apparent on the webpage of the FAMU Office of Communications is that Kyle Washington’s name is finally gone from the staff directory. For a number of months, he was listed as the “student engagement coordinator.”

Washington’s appointment was an example of the low standards that Mangum’s Ex-Chief of Staff Jimmy Miller, who supervised the Office of Communications, and Ex-Assistant Vice President for the Office of Communications Elise Durham had for that administrative unit.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Mangum still hasn’t signed separation agreement with FAMU

The FAMU Board of Trustees (BOT) voted 10-1 on September 15 to accept the separation agreement offered by attorneys representing then-President Elmira Mangum. But yesterday, the trustees learned that Mangum still hasn’t placed her signature on the final document.

An article by the News Service of Florida reported that Adrienne Conrad, an attorney representing the BOT “said she was ‘hopeful’ but not ‘confident’ that Mangum would sign the revised agreement shortly.” According to the article, Conrad explained that Mangum has asked for some additional changes to the agreement.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Mangum leaves FAMU with enrollment down to 9,612 students

The enrollment news at FAMU is bad. But it isn’t as bad as expected.

FAMU’s enrollment in Fall 2015 dropped to 9,920 (down from 10,233 in Fall 2014) under President Elmira Mangum. That loss of 313 students, with the rest of the student losses from that year, cost FAMU $9M+ in tuition and fees.

FAMU expected to lose about another $10.5M in tuition and fees due to its projected enrollment of 9,000, a loss of 920 students, in 2016-2017.

But Mangum told the FAMU Board of Trustees (BOT) during her final president’s report on September 15 that the university had 9,612 students for Fall 2016. That’s more than originally projected, but still a loss of 308 students from the previous fall.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Lee built social media following among gullible, Rattlers-in-name-only

John Michael Lee is one of the biggest defenders of Elmira Mangum, the FAMU president who John Thrasher used to help him put an end to 28 years of FAMU budget control at FAMU-FSU College of Engineering (COE). But now Lee is asking to be taken seriously in his claim that the powers-that-be are “using” the current FAMU administration.

The saddest thing is that Lee has a small, but loud social media following of gullible Rattlers-in-name-only who believe him.

On Monday, FAMU Interim President Larry Robinson terminated Lee’s contract as a special assistant in the Office of the President. Lee responded by putting his termination letter on display in an unofficial FAMU Alumni Facebook page and then posting rants with conspiracy theories about recent events at the university. 

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Curtain falls on Mangum-hosted Amateur Hour in Lee Hall

The cronyism of the Elmira Mangum era is coming to an end. Professionals who actually know how to run a university are now on their way back to Lee Hall.

Yesterday, FAMU Interim President Larry Robinson gave termination letters to six individuals who had worked in the central administration building under his predecessor.  The FAMUan reported that those six employees were: “Provost Marcella David, [Assistant Vice President for Communications] Elise Durham, Chief of Staff Jimmy Miller, Executive Assistant to the President Jackie Hightower and special assistants to the president Dee Gamble and John Lee.”

All six terminations were effective at the end of the business day on Monday, September 19. The student newspaper added that each individual was “placed on administrative leave with pay for 60 days.”

Monday, September 19, 2016

Jones quiet when Joyner backed confirmation of FAMU trustee who tried to fire Mangum

Hours before the FAMU Board of Trustees (BOT) voted to accept an exit agreement put forth by President Elmira Mangum on Thursday, state Rep. Shevrin Jones sent out a Tweet stating that he was “disappointed” with the board.

“To the FAMU BOT I am disappointed in you,” wrote Jones, a FAMU alumnus. “But God knows I still love my University. Dr. @RattlerinChief, thank you for your leadership.”
That statement came about 10 months after Jones chose to keep quiet as one of Mangum’s biggest opponents on the BOT cruised to an easy confirmation in the Florida Senate.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Smith’s pro-Mangum protests got little support because most FAMU students don’t respect him

In the week leading up to the FAMU Board of Trustees vote on the negotiated exit plan for President Elmira Mangum, “Interim” Student Government Association (SGA) President Jaylen Smith did his best to drum up support for her among students. But his efforts fell flat because most FAMU students don’t respect him.

FAMU students didn’t elect Smith to serve as SGA president. The students chose Justin Bruno to be their SGA president during their Spring 2016 elections. Smith ended up as “interim” SGA president due to Mangum’s mishandling of the student election process.

That didn’t stop Smith from trying to get the Board of Trustees (BOT) to believe that he was the individual who represented the views of most FAMU students. But his mouth wrote a check that his weak leadership skills couldn’t cash.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Mangum goes on administrative leave, Robinson appointed interim president

FAMU President Elmira Mangum has gone on administrative leave today as a result of the terms of an agreement between her and the Board of Trustees. The leave will continue through the remainder of her contract, which will expire on April 1, 2017.

The FAMU Board of Trustees (BOT) approved the agreement today with a 10-1 vote.

The “yea” votes came from Matt Carter, Thomas Dortch, Faculty Senate President Bettye A. Grable, David Lawrence, Chair Kelvin Lawson, Gary McCoy, Vice-Chair Kimberly Moore, Belvin Perry, Nicole Washington, and Robert Woody.

One “no” vote came from “Interim” Student Body President Jaylen Smith.

Harold Mills and Craig Reed did not vote.

The BOT unanimously voted to appoint FAMU Professor Larry Robinson to serve as interim president. Robinson previously served as director of the FAMU Environmental Sciences Institute, provost, and interim president.