Elmira Mangum

Senior Research Associate and Visiting Scholar

Elmira Mangum is a Senior Research Associate at the Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions. Prior to spending her sabbaticial at CMSI, she served as the 11th President of Florida A&M University, the first woman to permanently hold the position in the 128-year history of the university. Elmira has also previously served currently served as Associate Provost for Finance and Human Resources at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and as the Vice President for Budget and Planning at Cornell University, where she provided administrative leadership regarding financial, human resources, facilities, and planning issues across the university.

Elmira received her Ph.D. from the University at Buffalo and she graduated with honors from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with two master's degrees, one in Public Policy and Public Administration and another in Urban and Regional Planning. Elmira received her foundation and inspiration for service at North Carolina Central University (NCCU), one of the nation's Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), where she graduated magna cum laude with a major concentration in the field of geography. While enrolled at NCCU she served in Washington, DC as the first African American U.S. Congressional Intern from the State of North Carolina. She is also a graduate of the Harvard University Graduate School of Education Management Development Program and the Cornell University Administrative Management Institute.