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

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…

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

FAMU BOT moves from chair who didn’t understand COE budget shift to one who does

The ouster of former FAMU Board of Trustees (BOT) Chairman Cleve Warren has now led to the university having an acting chair who understands what really happened with the budget authority shift at the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering (COE).

Warren showed that he didn’t understand the issue back when the BOT met on July 21, 2015. He asked President Elmira Mangum if FAMU had controlled the budget for the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering (COE) before the creation of the Joint College of Engineering Governance Council in 2015. The Joint College of Engineering Governance Council started to claim that it is in charge of the $12.9M budget that year. It is setup in a way that makes it possible for the FSU representatives and Board of Governors (BOG) Chancellor Marshall Criser, III to outvote FAMU on budget decisions.

“For clarity purposes, before the creation of this joint committee, did A&M have control of the budget?” Warren asked.

“My opinion would be that the dean controlled the expenditures of the College of Engineering; FAMU kept account of them,” Mangum said.

Monday, May 23, 2016

FAMU Board of Trustees moves June meeting from Jacksonville to Tallahassee

The FAMU Board of Trustees (BOT) has moved its June meeting from Jacksonville to Tallahassee.

Back when Cleve Warren was the BOT chairman, the meeting was set for Thursday, June 9, 2016 to Saturday, June 11, 2016. But Warren left the BOT on May 12 when the Florida Board of Governors declined his application for reappointment. Vice-Chairman Kelvin Lawson is now the acting BOT chairman.

The meeting, which will also serve as the BOT retreat, will still take place during the previously announced dates. But the change from Jacksonville to Tallahassee suggests that meeting is now taking on a more formal tone.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Mangum’s vague 2016-2017 goals reflect her lack of vision

Last week, the FAMU Board of Trustees (BOT) took President Elmira Mangum to task for the vague goals she presented for May 2016 to April 2017. Those will be the final 11 months of her three-year contract.

The problem reflects the lack of vision that Mangum has as a president.

Back when Mangum was hired, some FAMUans thought her background at Cornell University would make her a champion for building new doctoral programs at FAMU.

But the goals for 2016-2017 that Mangum gave to the BOT Special Committee on Presidential Evaluation failed to include any specific plans for the expansion of doctoral programs that FAMU needs to climb up to “R1: Doctoral Universities – Highest research activity” in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

Monday, May 16, 2016

FAMU going through fifth BOT chair change in less than 14 months

The chair of the FAMU Board of Trustees has changed five times in less than 14 months. Tensions between the administration of FAMU President Elmira Mangum and top Republican officials in Florida have been at the center of all the shake-ups.

Back on August 23, 2014, the Tallahassee Democrat ran a story that included the following comments that Mangum made about FAMU Trustee Rufus Montgomery, who Gov. Rick Scott appointed in 2011: “Reminded that Montgomery is closely affiliated with Gov. Rick Scott, who appointed him to FAMU’s board, Mangum responded: ‘What does that say about the people that appointed him?’”

The governor won his reelection race just over two months after Mangum made that statement about Rufus in the Democrat. Mangum later agreed to continue the tradition of hosting the Inaugural Prayer Breakfast on the FAMU campus. But Rufus, who was then vice-chairman of the Board of Trustees, said the president refused to let the university reimburse the travel expenses of certain trustees who wanted to attend the prayer breakfast.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Warren was another low-quality trustee with no loyalty to FAMU

For years the Florida Board of Governors (BOG) has declined many excellent applications for the FAMU Board of Trustees (BOT) in order to appoint low-quality individuals like Cleve Warren. The BOG finally got rid of Warren yesterday after he spent years hurting FAMU.

The end of Warren’s time on the BOT came after he chose to keep silent about FAMU President Elmira Mangum’s slights against top Republican politicians in the state of Florida.

Warren didn’t lift a finger to help when FAMU lost budget authority for the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering after 28 years or after the vice-president for audit and compliance reported “potential interference” in his work. He also didn’t speak out about the terrible media relations by the current administration.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Hit the road, Cleve! BOG sends FAMU BOT chair packing

FAMU is finally rid of Cleve Warren.

Former FAMU Student Body President Tonnette Graham joined the Florida Board of Governors (BOG) in a unanimous vote to give Cleve the boot from the FAMU Board of Trustees (BOT) earlier this afternoon. Today was Graham’s last meeting as a member of the BOG. She held a seat on the BOG as part of her duties as chair of the Florida Student Association.

Cleve used his position of BOT chair to defend Mangum. But the BOT will have to elect a new chair to lead the discussion about whether it will renew Mangum’s contract. The BOT must start that discussion by June 30, 2016.