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

Thursday, May 04, 2017

Suspicious COL, COE dean changes hurt Mangum’s credibility with many faculty, alumni

At this time last year, the FAMU campus was buzzing with word that then-President Elmira Mangum might be preparing to show four deans the door for reasons that had nothing to do with the university’s best interests.

The names circulating as the possible “targeted” deans were School of Architecture and Engineering Technology Dean Rodner B. Wright, School of Business and Industry Dean Shawnta Friday-Stroud, College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Dean Michael D. Thompson, and School of Journalism and Graphic Communication Dean Ann L. Wead Kimbrough.

There were legitimate reasons to believe that some dean changes were needed. But the bigger question was whether the Mangum administration could be trusted to treat deans fairly.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

David comes up short in pursuit of Montana State provost job

Marcella David, who served as provost under former FAMU President Elmira Mangum, recently came up short in her pursuit of the provost’s job at Montana State University. She was one of five candidates who received an invitation for an on-campus interview for the position.

President Waded Cruzado opted to appoint Robert “Bob” Mokwa, who has served as interim executive vice president for academic affairs and provost since June 2016, to continue in the job on a permanent basis.

“Dr. Mokwa brings a deep understanding of the land-grant mission of research, teaching and outreach to the job,” Cruzado said in a press release.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Under Epps, FAMU Law first-try Fla. Bar Exam passage rate falls to lowest since its reopening

The Florida A&M University College of Law first-try passage rate on the Florida Bar Exam fell to the lowest since its 2002 reopening after the first year of Dean Angela Felecia Epps, who began on January 4, 2016.

A total of 46.2 percent of the FAMU Law graduates who took the February 2017 Florida Bar Exam passed on their first try. That is the first time the FAMU first-try passage rate has been below 50 percent since its reopening.

The FAMU law school reopened in 2002 and its first class graduated in Spring 2005. That class posted a 52.9 percent first-try passage rate on the July 2005 Florida Bar Exam.

Sunday, April 09, 2017

Audit shows Mangum, and friends, racked up more than $3.2m in p-card charges in final year

In the year leading up to her ouster former President, Elmira Mangum issued more than 127 FAMU purchase cards to employees including her Chief of Staff Jimmy Miller,  two executive assistants to the president, and the wife of the executive assistant to the president, who racked up more than $3.2 million in charges.  


Last August it was reported that Miller had racked up over $150,000 in charges on his FAMU issued purchasing card. Miller's charges mostly covered airline travel, taxi & car services and rental cars.  Records also showed that Magnum amassed over $81,000 in travel, which included expensive limousine rides and stays at the Waldorf-Astoria and Ritz-Carlton hotels.

Mangum is expected to return to the FAMU faculty after a one year sabbatical.

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.