Official Press Release
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) President Elmira Mangum, Ph.D., delivered a passionate “State of the University” address during the President’s Convocation on Sept. 19. The President’s Convocation is an annual gathering that unites students, faculty, staff, administrators, alumni, and supporters to celebrate the start of a new academic year.
Dr. Mangum’s speech underscored the University’s recent listing by the U.S. News & World Report as the No.1 public historically black college or university (HBCU) in the nation. U.S. News & World Report also named FAMU among its 2015 list of “Best Colleges” in the nation, and the No. 8 HBCU among private and public institutions.
“While we take pride in recognition as the nation’s top public HBCU, our ultimate goal is focused on becoming an internationally renowned ‘best-in-class’ institution,” Mangum said. “And while history proves that FAMU can certainly accomplish this feat, I challenge each of you here today to look deep within yourselves to determine how you can personally contribute to FAMU’s advancement.”
During the crowd-stirring speech, President Mangum also proclaimed that the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine have all recognized FAMU as the No. 1 institution of origin in America for African Americans who go on to earn doctorates in the natural sciences and engineering.
Mangum assured the crowd that her presidency would serve to continue FAMU’s profound impact in these areas.
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