Florida A&M leader remains in limbo after trustee vote

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The future of Florida A&M University President Elmira Mangum remains unclear.

University trustees narrowly rejected a proposal Wednesday to extend her current contract by one year. It’s the second time this summer trustees have refused to extend it and means she must leave by April 2017.

Trustees voted, however, to create a special committee to meet with Mangum and come up with a proposal to consider in September.

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

Mangum was hired initially as a “change agent” who could help FAMU restore its reputation after the November 2011 hazing death of Marching 100 band member Robert Champion.