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Graduate & Professional Commencement Speaker Announced
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Dr. Elmira Mangum, North Carolina Central University (NCCU) alumna and president of Florida A&M University (FAMU), will provide the keynote address for the NCCU 127th Graduate and Professional Commencement on Friday, May 13.

The ceremony for approximately 450 graduates of the university’s 35 master’s and professional programs will take place at 3 p.m. in McDougald-McLendon Arena.

In 2014, Mangum, a Durham native, was selected as the first permanent female president of FAMU. Prior to her appointment as president, Mangum served as vice president for planning and budget at Cornell University.

Prior to working at Cornell, Mangum served in various administrative roles for nine years at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, including senior associate provost. She also worked in various leadership positions at the University at Buffalo in New York, where she served as an assistant dean, associate provost for resource management and vice provost.

Magnum has served in executive positions for higher learning organizations for more than 30 years. Her career in higher education leadership began at the University of Wisconsin Extension Geological and Natural History Survey as an operations specialist.

Mangum is involved in various organizations including The American Council of Education, National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Inc. and the United Way Board of Directors – Tompkins County to name a few. She also is a life member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc.

In 2014, Mangum was named on Ebony magazine’s “Power 100” list. In 2015, she received the Women of Distinction Global Leadership Award in Education from Celebrating Women International, an organization that honors the contributions of women across the world. Also in 2015, the Oasis Center for Women & Girls named Mangum as a Trailblazer Award honoree.

Mangum received a Bachelor of Science in geography from NCCU, Master of Science in public policy and public administration from University of Wisconsin-Madison and Master of Science in urban and regional planning. Magnum received a Ph.D. in educational leadership and policy from University at Buffalo.

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