There’s a woman in charge at Florida A&M University.  The Board of Trustees appointed the university’s 11th and first female president, Elmira Mangum. Mangum will take the place of FAMU’s interim president Larry Robinson. The Miami Herald says Magnum is focused on positivity and ready to move forward from some of the university’s darkest days. For the past 3 years, Magnum served as the vice president for planning and budget at Cornell University. Previously, she has held executive and faculty positions at University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill and her alma maters, University of Buffalo and University of Wisconsin-Madison.  “Dr. Mangum brings to FAMU the experience, expertise and energy needed to lead the university into the next phase of its great legacy," said Trustee Karl White, chair of the presidential search committee. “She emerged from a noteworthy pool of applicants as the candidate who the Board believes is the best fit for this pivotal season in the university's history.” via FAMU

Alabama State University recently appointed its first female president, Gwendolyn Boyd, and with her job came an unusual request. Boyd, an Alabama State alum, signed a 2-year contract that included a clause forbidding her from allowing potential lovers to spend the night while she is president. Some contract lawyers said this is illegal  due to the breach of privacy, but ASU released a statement that both the university and Boyd are in agreement with the clause. via ABC

North Carolina A&T University has plans to increase enrollment by 3,000, with the help of more out-of-state students. North Carolina A&T will propose a five-year pilot program to the University of North Carolina Board of Governors to increase the out-of-state cap, which is currently 18 percent, to 25 percent  via Greensboro News & Record

In sports news, Morgan State University named new head football coach, former University of Maryland assistant coach, Lee Hull via Morgan State University.Grambling State University fined $50,000 by the Southwestern Athletic Conference due to Jackson State University’s lost revenue after GSU football players boycotted a game on October 19th.

Howard University was awarded $275,000 by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art for a new dance commission.  The dance commission is apart of the museum’s multi-year series of programming, Connecting the Gems of the Indian Ocean: From Oman to East Africa,  and will feature the choreography of former Lion King principal dancer Roy Mercer. The dance commission, which will include Howard University dancers, faculty and professional dancers, will debut in Cramton Auditorium from April 11-14, 2014.

Speaking of Howard, Vernon Jordan will head up the committee designated to select the university's next president. Jordan is a university trustee and graduate of Howard Law.

Morehouse College received a gift of $5 million from the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation that will go toward renovating their Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel. via Saporta Report



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