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I'm With FAMU; FAMU Today, FAMU Tomorrow, FAMU Forever

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Will FAMU be the next South Carolina State University? FAMU's revolving door of permanent and interim presidents created an unstable environment at the university since the departure of our beloved Dr. Frederick S. Humphries in 2001. Since 2001, FAMU has had 6 presidents (3 permanent and 3 interim), and this instability led to two probation periods by SACS, the suspension of the Marching 100 and an erosion in the FAMU brand because of the negative media that has followed FAMU in those years. Florida Governor Rick Scott, the Florida Board of Governors, and some members of the FAMU Board of Trustees want to destabilize FAMU just like Republicans did in South Carolina. Did you know that the Florida Board of Governors recently changed the rules for selecting university presidents so that they can fire Dr. Mangum and choose the next president of FAMU? This would be the 7th change in leadership since Humphries left in 2001?

They are using what we call the “South Carolina Strategy” to attempt to destroy FAMU. The SC Strategy includes:

1.) Appointing Board Members who create chaos
2.) Closing high-impact programs in STEM (e.g. joint engineering school)
3.) Ensuring inconsistency in leadership (e.g. consistent dismissal of presidents)
4.) Creating failure on state metrics
5). Ensuring that enrollment declines
6). Highlighting negative stories while burying positive news
7). Interfering in the selection process of new presidents

Dr. Elmira Mangum's leadership at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University has brought stability to our alma mater despite the consistent resistance to change by the previous members of the FAMU Board of Trustees during here two years in Office, our 11th and 1st Female President has begun to implement the changes necessary to turn FAMU around. Dr. Mangum's time at FAMU has been much like President Barack Obama's time in the White House: major accomplishments despite the consistent obstructionism from Republicans in congress. Dr. Mangum has brought stable and strong leadership to FAMU that has led to increases in the unfair BOG performance metrics. She thwarted an attempt by FSU to steal FAMU's College of Engineering that they were allowed to tag on to in 1982 as a joint engineering college. Despite only being on the job for 24 hours, Dr. Mangum stood up for Rattlers everywhere and said no despite urgings by state Republicans and others to "cut a deal" with FSU. Last year, FAMU was at the bottom of these metrics, yet this year the University was two points behind Florida State University. Fundraising at FAMU is at an all-time high over the last two years. Dr. Mangum has also brought in a dynamic team who is bringing needed changes to benefit FAMU students, faculty, staff and alumni. These include Provost Marcella David who has been responsible for leading FAMU's focus on improving student outcomes; Athletic Director Milton Overton, who has led the charge to revitalize FAMU's dormant athletic program; and Vice President for Research Timothy Moore, who has increased FAMU's ability to attract much-needed research dollars over the last 16 months.

Dr. Mangum's leadership ensured the transfer of nearly 400 acres from the United States Department of Agriculture to FAMU- the largest transfer ever to an HBCU. While Dr. Robinson signed the agreement, Dr. Mangum closed the deal. Her leadership was also responsible for the elevation of FAMU to an R-2 (high research activity) Carnegie classification, and an increase in fundraising from $3.3 Million to $5.7 million in 2015. The University is expected to bring in an all time high $6.3 million in 2016 and plans to embark on a $100 million dollar Capital Campaign- the first for FAMU! Capital Campaigns take stability in order to be successfully implemented.

Dr. Mangum has been recognized for her leadership by many external organizations including being named the HBCU Female President of the Year by HBCU Digest. Dr. Mangum's leadership has brought a level of recognition from outside entities on a level not seen since Dr. Frederick S. Humphries was president at FAMU. These accolades include:

♣ESSENCE and MONEY magazines rank Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University No. 5 among all national universities and colleges on its “50 Best Colleges for African-Americans” lists. Additionally, the list identifies FAMU as the No.1 historically Black college or university (HBCU) in the nation.
♣ FAMU is the 2016 Champion of the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge National Quiz Bowl Competition
♣ FAMU was recently elevated to an R-2 Research University, which is the second highest research category in the Carnegie Classification System. This special classification has elevated FAMU to the same research level as institutions such as Auburn University and Old Dominion University with only half the faculty.
♣ The National Science Foundation Lists FAMU as the No.1 HBCU in the nation for research and development expenditures.
♣ U.S. News & World Report has listed FAMU among the top 25 schools in the nation for enrolling the highest percentage of students accepted. Making us number one in the state of Florida, and topping the national average out by 20 percent.
♣ The Princeton Review named FAMU among its "2016 Best Colleges: Region-by-Region" list, ranking FAMU as one of the "Best Southeastern" colleges and universities in the nation.
♣ U.S. News & World Report named FAMU among the best national universities, and Forbes magazine listed the University as one of "America's Top Colleges" for 2015, and as one of its "Best in the South" colleges.
♣ A funding report obtained from the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP), which compares National Institutes of Health research funding in pharmacy schools across the country, names the FAMU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences the largest recipient of NIH research grants among all Florida pharmacy programs as well as the University of Georgia, Auburn and Samford.
♣ The National Institute of General Medical Sciences has awarded FAMU a total of $1.4 million to conduct research that should lead to the discovery of novel third generation antipsychotics.
♣ FAMU received one of the largest single land transfers in the history of the USDA and has become the owner of the historic Brooksville Agricultural and Environmental Research Station. The Station will support and enhance agriculture research and technology transfer to farmers and local communities, including small farmers, minority farmers, Native Americans, beginning ranchers, and veterans.
♣ FAMU holds the U.S. patent for cDNA that can be utilized in small RNA technologies to promote expression of disease tolerance-related genes to induce production of disease-tolerance related gene products for resisting disease occurrences in Florida hybrid bunch grapes.
♣ FAMU is recognized among the top 20 “Best Online Master’s in Public Health Degree Programs” in the nation.
♣ A newly released study by New York-based financial technology company SmartAsset has ranked FAMU among the best value colleges and the top schools where graduates earn the highest starting salaries.
♣ FAMU’s Nursing Program is ranked among the top 20 best-value nursing programs in the U.S. by, and among the top 25 (No. 21 out of 1,189 entries) nursing programs in the eastern region by The Nursing Journal.
♣ FAMU’s College of Education is listed by as the No. 3 education program in the state of Florida for pursuing an education degree and jump-starting a teaching career.
♣ FAMU holds the inaugural HBCUGrow Consortium LEAD awards in the areas of leadership (President Elmira Mangum) and Marketing (Office of Communications)
♣ FAMU holds the esteemed designation as a nationally ranked military-friendly school by GI Jobs.
♣ FAMU is the No. 3 Volunteer-Producing HBCU in the nation for the U.S. Peace Corps.
♣ Teach For America named FAMU among the top 20 contributing colleges and universities in the nation.
♣ FAMU is the home of seven Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Millennium Scholars.
♣ FAMU is the first designated Purple Heart HBCU and the first Purple Heart University in the state of Florida.

Because Dr. Mangum has been such positive force to move FAMU Forward, The over 1,200 Rattlers4FAMU stand with Her. While the vocal minority will use their fancy titles and positions to speak on our behalf, we want to let you know that the NAA President LTCC Greg Clark, Former Trustees R.B. Holmes, nor the Previous Presidents Frederick Humphries nor Fred Gainous speak for us. Instead, we have signed our names to this petition to speak for moving FAMU Forward.

On behalf of all Rattlers who want to see a stable and prosperous FAMU, we urge the Board of Trustees to ignore the noise that has been created by the loud majority. We believe that the FAMU Board of Trustees should stand behind the woman that we have chosen to lead FAMU and the positive changes that she has made and will continue to make on behalf of FAMU.  We want to send a clear message that the alumni, students, faculty, and staff of Florida A&M University who have signed this petition are 100% behind Dr. Mangum and we believe that she should not only receive an excellent presidential evaluation for her great work, but also have her contract extended by the FAMU BOT. We believe that any action by the FAMU Board of Trustees, the Florida Board of Governors, or Governor Rick Scott to not extend or terminate the contract of Dr. Mangum will destabilize the University and send the institution backwards in the same ways that have been the case for South Carolina State University, Elizabeth City State University and other HBCUs across the country where states are seeking the demise of our historic institutions. What we seek is FAMU Today, FAMU Tomorrow, FAMU Forever and FAMU Forward!!!!

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