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A first look at FAMU’s proposed contract for Elmira Mangum



The FAMU Board of Trustees meets Friday morning to discuss and approve the contract for presidential appointee Elmira Mangum. But the Times/Herald has received an exclusive copy of the proposed contract today.

FAMU representatives have been negotiating with Mangum over the three weeks since the board approved her as the university's first female president. She also must be approved by the state's Board of Governors, likely during the meeting next month.

Mangum will earn a base salary of $425,000 a year, which would put her in the upper third of Florida's 12 state university presidents , according to analysis by Florida Trend magazine . However, her total compensation will likely put her more in the middle or lower end of the pack.

She is eligible to receive up to a 10 percent bonus – or $42,500 annually – if she meets specific performance goals each year. Those goals and objectives have not been outlined.

The Legislature caps the amounts university presidents can be paid using taxpayer dollars to $225,000. FAMU’s foundation will have to provide the rest of the money for her salary and bonuses.

Mangum's start date is April 1, and her contract is for three years. There is also an option to renew the agreement for another three years.

The proposed contract outlines a variety of duties for Mangum, including student recruitment, faculty and community relations, anti-hazing initiatives and budgeting. But the agreement places specific emphasis on fundraising.

Mangum, who is single with three adult children, has opted to use the president’s house on FAMU’s campus as her residence. She will live there rent-free, and the university also covers the cost of maintenance, utilities and any residential taxes.

She is the first FAMU president to occupy the house in years, and the school’s alumni operations will have to vacate the space before she can move in. The proposed contract allows Mangum to suggest any renovations or refurbishment she wants done on the home beforehand.

We made sure to pay attention to whether Mangum's contract included any stipulations about long-term, male guests in the university-owned residence. A clause in the contract for new Alabama State President Gwendolyn Boyd, another first female president at a public historically black university, bars her from having male, non-family guests for extended stays and received national attention. There is no such language in Mangum’s contract.

A Times/Herald reporter submitted a public record request to the university on Wednesday for a copy of Mangum's proposed contract, and that request is still pending. A source separately provided the document to the Times/Herald today. UPDATE: A FAMU spokeswoman emailed a copy of Mangum's contract as we were writing this post, but asked that it be embargoed until 10 a.m. Friday when the board is scheduled to meet. She did not know at the time that the Times/Herald had already obtained the document.

Other highlights of the proposed contract:


  • -An annuity equal to 15 percent of the base salary.
  • -A car allowance of $1,000 a month.
  • -The university will pay for membership in the private Governor’s Club, which is a well known networking and hobnobbing locale.
  • -The university will also shoulder the costs of a membership to a yet-to-be-determined country club. Mangum is a recreational golfer.
  • -A monthly cell phone allowance.
  • -Mangum will be allowed to serve on the board of directors for private and non-profit organizations as long as she receives prior approval from the Board of Trustees. That includes compensated board appointments.
  • -Upon taking the job, Mangum will be recognized as a tenured professor at FAMU’s College of Education . This means if/when she retires or steps down, she may remain on the faculty after taking a sabbatical.
  • -A majority of board members can vote to terminate Mangum at any time, though depending on whether or not the termination is “with cause” there are different stipulations.
  • -Mangum can resign at any time, as long as she gives the university 90-days notice.


[Last modified: Thursday, January 30, 2014 10:35pm]


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