Showing posts with label Trustees. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Trustees. Show all posts

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.

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.   

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

FAMU students chose Bruno to be their voice, Smith an unelected yes-man for Mangum

FAMU President Elmira Mangum has, for the most part, lost the support of the elected leadership of the university’s Faculty Senate, United Faculty of Florida (FAMU-UFF) chapter, and National Alumni Association (NAA). Students backed former Student Government Association (SGA) President Tonnette Graham’s work to hold Mangum responsible for her actions and elected her vice-president, Justin Bruno, to continue that leadership.

But the FAMU students don’t currently have an elected SGA president to represent them on the Board of Trustees (BOT) due to Mangum’s mishandling of the student elections. In April, Mangum announced that Jaylen Smith would serve as the “interim” SGA president. The FAMUan reported on April 27 that Smith, who had just elected as the Student Senate president, would be the interim SGA president because of the delay in finalizing the SGA presidential election.

Smith didn’t run for the SGA presidency in the spring when he was junior, probably because he knew he would have lost to Bruno. He’s now become the biggest yes-man on the BOT for the FAMU president who helped him get an office that he didn’t win.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Cost of Mangum’s exit will be much less than cost of her projected $10.5M enrollment decline

On Thursday, the FAMU Board of Trustees (BOT) is scheduled to vote on an exit plan for President Elmira Mangum.

An article in the Florida Times-Union reported that the agreement “allows Mangum to take administrative leave for the remainder of her contract that expires March 31. Under the agreement, Mangum would still be eligible for a one-year sabbatical and tenured faculty position after that. The Board of Trustees would also pay her moving expenses to vacate the president's mansion up to $7,500, as well as a portion of her attorney's fees, anywhere between $3,000 and $10,000. Mangum would let trustees know by October 2017 if she did not want to take the faculty position.”

That means FAMU would pay Mangum the remainder of her full $425,000 salary (about $35,416 per month) from September 15 until the end of her contract on April 1st and then pay her another $425,000 for a sabbatical year for 2017-2018. She’d also be eligible to return to FAMU as a tenured professor at a salary of 90 percent of her former presidential pay ($382,500) for 2018-2019.

Sunday, September 04, 2016

David hasn’t displayed skills that are needed to reverse FAMU enrollment decline

On Friday, a Tallahassee Democrat article reported that FAMU Board of Trustees (BOT) Chairman Kelvin Lawson said there’s a good chance that Provost Marcella David could be chosen as a temporary replacement for President Elmira Mangum.

The BOT Special Committee on Presidential Leadership unanimously approved a proposed exit plan on Friday that could lead to Mangum going on administrative by September 15, the date when the full BOT will discuss the recommendation.

The Democrat reported that if the BOT approves the plan, “trustees would likely name Provost Marcella David to the position of acting president, trustees chairman Kelvin Lawson said. That is spelled out in the university’s operating procedures, he said.”

FAMU BOT members should scratch David’s name off of the list of potential replacements for Mangum. The university has a big enrollment crisis and David hasn’t shown the skills that are needed to fix it.

Saturday, September 03, 2016

Mangum could go on administrative leave as early as Sept. 15

FAMU President Elmira Mangum might soon go on an administrative leave that could begin September 15 and continue through the end of her contract on April 1, 2017.

Yesterday, the Board of Trustees (BOT) Special Committee on Presidential Leadership unanimously approved a proposed exit plan that had been developed after consultations with an attorney representing Mangum. The full BOT will discuss the recommendation at its next meeting scheduled for September 15 in Tallahassee.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Clark on nonrenewal of Mangum’s contract: Let’s continue to place FAMU students first

Lt. Col Gregory L. Clark, president of the FAMU National Alumni Association, released the following statement following the 7-5 FAMU Board of Trustees vote against a motion to renew the employment agreement of President Elmira Mangum:

On August 24, the Florida A&M University (FAMU) Board of Trustees voted not to renew the contract of the university’s 11th president, Dr. Elmira Mangum. The FAMU National Alumni Association (FAMU NAA) is keenly aware that a shift of this magnitude in leadership profoundly impacts the university’s efforts to move FAMU forward. Therefore, as the FAMU NAA President, I am urging our alumni to remain committed and focused on the core element of our mission - our students.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Mangum on her presidency: “The job’s over.”

Yesterday, the FAMU Board of Trustees (BOT) voted 7-5 against a motion to extend President Elmira Mangum’s contract for one year with a requirement for executive leadership coaching.

Trustee Harold Mills proposed the motion and “Interim” Student Government Association President Jaylen Smith seconded it.

The five “yes” votes came from:  Mills, Smith, David Lawrence, Craig Reed, and Nicole Washington.

The seven “no” votes came from: Faculty Senate President Bettye Grable, Matt Carter, Thomas Dortch, Chairman Kelvin Lawson, Vice-Chairwoman Kimberly Moore, Robert Woody, and Belvin Perry Jr.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Reporter asks FAMU president if BOT showed her the door, Mangum says it looks that way

FAMU BOT didn’t approve $19.5M in tuition and fee losses as an enrollment strategy

Yesterday, FAMU President Elmira Mangum defended her administration’s recruitment and enrollment management practices in a guest column for HBCU Digest. She claimed that the continuing enrollment decline is a “byproduct of success.”

“Unlike other universities with declining enrollment, FAMU does not have a problem with student recruitment,” Mangum wrote. “Instead, our decline is the byproduct of success in graduating students and in the University’s policy change to recruit more college-ready students.”

An increase in the number of students who are graduating doesn't mean that an enrollment decline has to happen. A university can recruit more students to replace the ones who are graduating. An effort to recruit a bigger number of college-ready students doesn't mean that enrollment has to decline, either. A university can recruit college-ready students and grow its enrollment at the same time.
 

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Grable takes Mangum to task for having insufficient data to support assessment claims

For the second consecutive year, FAMU Faculty Senate President Bettye A. Grable said President Elmira Mangum “Does Not Meet” expectations in eight categories of her annual evaluation. Last year, the evaluation had a total of ten categories. There were eleven categories for the 2015-2016 year.

Grable said Mangum met expectations for Financial Management and Personal Characteristics and Values. She gave Mangum an “Exceeds” expectations rating for the Work Plan category.

But in the rest of the eight categories, Grable gave Mangum the lowest possible mark. Those areas were Annual Priorities and Goals, Strategic Leadership, Educational Leadership, Organizational Management, Fundraising, External Relations, Internal Relations, and Board of Governance Relations.

In most of those categories, Grable faulted Mangum for providing little or no comparative data to support the high ratings that she gave herself on her 2015-2016 presidential self-assessment.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Carter not accepting excuses for FAMU’s continuing enrollment decline

FAMU’s enrollment in Fall 2015 dropped to 9,920 (down from 10,233 in Fall 2014) under President Elmira Mangum. The university expects to lose another 920 students in 2016-2017.

In her self-evaluation for 2015-2016, Mangum suggested that the enrollment decline was needed in order to make sure FAMU has students who can help it do well on the performance metrics of the Florida Board of Governors (BOG).

“Moving to a culture focused on student success and college readiness rather than the size of enrollment was an important change and undertaking that reinforces and demonstrates recognition of state and national trends for accountability,” Mangum wrote. “Significant progress was made as evidenced by our improvement scores on the [State University System of Florida] established performance metrics and movement into the top eight of the performance funding ranking.”

But FAMU Trustee Matt Carter, who helped set up the BOG’s performance metrics system while he was a member of that board, isn’t accepting excuses for the continuing enrollment decline.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Mangum’s best evaluation came from student trustee who wasn’t elected to be SGA president

“Interim” student trustee Jaylen Smith, far left, listens as President Elmira Mangum speaks
The majority of FAMU’s trustees said that President Elmira Mangum’s overall performance was not acceptable in their individual evaluations of her. Seven out of the total 13 board members gave her “Does Not Meet” expectations ratings for most of the categories in her annual job review.

Mangum’s best job ratings came from the student trustee who wasn’t elected by his peers to represent them on the Board of Trustees (BOT).

In April, Mangum announced that Jaylen Smith would serve as the “interim” Student Government Association (SGA) president. The FAMUan reported on April 27 that Smith, who was just elected as the Student Senate president, would be the interim SGA president because of the delay in finalizing the SGA presidential election.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

FAMU trustees say Mangum only met 64% of expectations for 2015-2016

The draft summary of FAMU President Elmira Mangum’s 2015-2016 evaluation by the Board of Trustees (BOT) says she only met 64 percent of the expectations for that year.

Most FAMU trustees gave Mangum a “Does Not Meet” expectations rating for four out of the eleven categories on her annual evaluation. The four categories were external relations, internal relations, board and governance relations, and personal characteristics and values.

Those final three categories were also the ones on which Mangum received a “Does Not Meet” expectations rating in her 2014-2015 evaluation. That year, the majority of the trustees also gave her a “Does Not Meet” expectations rating on organizational management. But she improved in that category to “Meets” expectations for 2015-2016.

Monday, July 25, 2016

June 2016: SBI professor warns BOT about possible targeting of 4 FAMU deans

At the June 10, 2016 meeting of the FAMU Board of Trustees (BOT), School of Business and Industry Professor Clyde Ashley told board members about the possible targeting of four deans at the university.

Ashley didn’t go into details about what he meant when he said the deans were “being targeted.” But the four deans he mentioned during his two-minute speech in the public comments section of the meeting were School of Architecture and Engineering Technology Dean Rodner B. Wright, SBI 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.

President Elmira Mangum didn’t comment on the issue at the BOT meeting.

Monday, July 11, 2016

FAMU alumni lawmakers signal they’re preparing for future without Mangum

The Florida A&M University alumni in the state legislature have gone from being among the most vocal supporters of President Elmira Mangum to making no public defense of her now that the Board of Trustees (BOT) has set the course for her exit. This signals that the alumni lawmakers are preparing for a near future that won’t include her as the head of their alma mater.

Back on August 20, 2015, a number of FAMU alumni lawmakers sent a letter to the BOT that asked Chairman Rufus Montgomery, Mangum’s biggest critic on the board, to step down from his leadership position. The group included Rep. Alan Williams, Sen. Arthenia L. Joyner, Sen. Dwight Bullard, Rep. Mia Jones, Rep. Shevrin Jones, and Rep. Bobby Powell. They urged the BOT to remove him from the chairmanship if he refused to voluntarily resign.

Two months later, Trustees Kelvin Lawson and Robert Woody moved to terminate Mangum’s contract during an October 22, 2015 BOT meeting. Both motions narrowly failed and Montgomery resigned from the chairmanship the next day under pressure from FAMU students.

Friday, June 10, 2016

FAMU BOT declines to take action on Mangum’s contract

The FAMU Board of Trustees voted to “take no action” on its employment agreement with President Elmira Mangum during its meeting this afternoon.

Trustee Robert Woody proposed the motion. It passed unanimously.

FAMU trustees elect Lawson to chairmanship

Today, the FAMU Board of Trustees (BOT) elected Kelvin Lawson to the chairmanship. Lawson, as vice-chairman, had been serving as the acting chair since the Florida Board of Governors denied reappointment to former Chairman Cleve Warren on May 12th. He will serve out the remainder of the former chairman’s term, which ends in 2017.

Lawson is an alumnus of the FAMU School of Business and Industry. He is currently the national client service director for Acosta Sales and Marketing.

He was nominated for the position by Trustee Robert Woody. The vote was unanimous.

The BOT elected Trustee Kimberly Moore to serve out the remainder of Lawson’s term as vice-chair.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

FAMU alumni president: Lawson is best choice for FAMU chair

Today, the Tallahassee Democrat published an op-ed by Lt. Col. Gregory L. Clark, president of the FAMU National Alumni Association. Clark urges the FAMU Board of Trustees (BOT) to elect Interim Chairman Kelvin Lawson to a full term as its chair. The BOT is scheduled to hold its officer elections during its meeting on June 10th in Tallahassee.

From Clark’s op-ed:

As president of the National Alumni Association of Florida A&M University, I urge your attention to the matter of the formal appointment of the current interim FAMU Board of Trustees chair and former vice-chair Kelvin Lawson.

In my role as a leader and as an alumnus, I urge the appointment of Interim Chair Lawson and strongly encourage all alumni and citizens who care about higher education to support him as well…