FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Elmira Mangum, Ph.D., president of Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU), will deliver the 23rd Annual Sonja Haynes Stone Memorial Lecture on Thursday, October 22, 2015 at 7 p.m. at the Stone Center for Black Culture and History. The annual lecture honors the late Sonja Haynes Stone, Ph.D., a UNC professor and Center advocate.
The Sonja Haynes Stone Memorial Lecture is the center’s signature program and features African American women whose work, scholarship and service epitomize the spirit of Dr. Stone. Previous lecturers have included Angela Davis, Congresswoman Eva Clayton, Kathleen Cleaver, Sonia Sanchez, Atallah Shabazz and Alfre Woodard.
Making history as the first permanent female president in the institution’s 128-year legacy, President Elmira Mangum began her tenure as the 11th president of FAMU on April 1, 2014.
A seasoned administrator, Dr. Mangum has served at the executive level of nationally recognized institutions of higher learning for more than 28 years. From 2010 until her appointment at FAMU, Dr. Mangum served as vice president for planning and budget at Cornell University. While at Cornell, she was the senior administrator charged with managing the university’s resources and annual budgeting process.
Prior to her successful tenure at Cornell, President Mangum served in various administrative capacities for nine years at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, including serving as senior associate provost. Her career in higher education leadership began at the University of Wisconsin Extension, Geological and Natural History Survey as an operations specialist. She also served as an assistant dean, associate provost, and vice provost at the University at Buffalo (SUNY).
Dr. Mangum received a bachelor’s degree in geography and education from North Carolina Central University. She graduated with honors from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a master’s degree in public policy and public administration, and earned a second master’s degree in urban and regional planning. She received a doctorate in philosophy in educational leadership and policy from the University at Buffalo (SUNY).
A reception will immediately follow the lecture. The lecture and reception are free and open to the public. To RSVP or for more information, visitwww.unc.edu/depts/stonecenter, call 919-962-9001, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.