Florida A&M University President Elmira Mangum to step down

Posted at 11:32 AM, Sep 15, 2016

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida A&M University President Elmira Mangum will step down on Thursday.

The FAMU board voted 10-1 to approve an exit agreement negotiated between the attorneys for Mangum and the university.

Under the agreement, Mangum will continue to receive her $425,000 annual salary through March 31. At that point, she becomes eligible for a year-long sabbatical and would have the option to return to the university as a tenured professor.

Following the vote, Mangum agreed with the decision and said that she believes it's clear there was no way forward.

University trustees earlier this year refused to extend Mangum's current contract.

Mangum's two years have been turbulent and marred by power struggles with trustees. The former Cornell University official grappled with the politics of running a public university in Florida and was nearly fired in 2015.