Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University President Elmira Mangum to deliver 23rd annual Stone Memorial Lecture at UNC-Chapel Hill

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Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University President Elmira Mangum to deliver 23rd annual Stone Memorial Lecture at UNC-Chapel Hill


(Chapel Hill, N.C.— Oct. 12, 2015) – Elmira Mangum, President of Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU), will deliver the 23rd annual Sonja Haynes Stone Memorial Lecture at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 22 at the Stone Center on the University of North Carolina campus.


Mangum made history as the first permanent female president in FAMU’s 127-year legacy, when she began her tenure as the University’s 11th president on April 1, 2014.


A seasoned administrator, 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, she was vice president for planning and budget at Cornell University. While at Cornell, she was also the senior administrator charged with managing the university’s resources and annual budgeting process.


Prior to her tenure at Cornell, Mangum served in multiple administrative roles at UNC-Chapel Hill for nine years, including 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 was also an assistant dean, associate provost and vice provost at the University at Buffalo (SUNY).


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. Mangum also received a doctor of philosophy in educational leadership and policy from the University at Buffalo (SUNY).


The Sonja Haynes Stone Memorial Lecture, which honors late UNC-Chapel Hill professor and Center advocate Dr. Sonja Haynes Stone, is the center’s signature program. It 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.


The lecture, and reception immediately following, are free and open to the public. To RSVP or for more information, visit www.unc.edu/depts/stonecenter, call (919) 962-9001 or email stonecenter@unc.edu.




About the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the nation’s first public university, is a global higher education leader known for innovative teaching, research and public service. A member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, Carolina regularly ranks as the best value for academic quality in U.S. public higher education. Now in its third century, the University offers 78 bachelor’s, 112 master’s, 68 doctorate and seven professional degree programs through 14 schools and the College of Arts and Sciences. Every day, faculty, staff and students shape their teaching, research and public service to meet North Carolina’s most pressing needs in every region and all 100 counties. Carolina’s more than 308,000 alumni live in all 50 states and 150 countries.  More than 167,000 live in North Carolina.


Sonja Haynes Stone Center contact: Clarissa Goodlett, (919) 962- 0395, cgoodlet@email.unc.edu

Communications and Public Affairs contact: MC VanGraafeiland, (919) 962-7090, mc.vangraafeiland@unc.edu