TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Celebrating Women International has named Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) President Elmira Mangum, Ph.D., a 2015 Women of Distinction Global Leadership Award in Education honoree.
Celebrating Women International is an organization that aims to mobilize and inspire women across the globe and to recognize and celebrate their contributions. The organization has also been instrumental in the fight against cancer and HIV/AIDS.
President Mangum will be presented with the honor on Oct. 3, the date of the University’s founding in 1887, during the annual Women of Distinction Awards ceremony in Paradise Island, Bahamas.
During the ceremony, women from around the globe who have made significant contributions to art, business, education, finance and trade, religion, law, civics, media, and sports will be recognized.
President Mangum will be honored alongside global leaders such as Muriel A. Howard, Ph.D., president of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities; Donna E. Shalala, former United States Secretary of Health and Human Services; Sheikha Lubna Bint Khalid Al Qasimi, minister of International Cooperation and Development for the United Arab Emirates; Nontombi Naomi Tutu, race and gender justice activist; Sandra Granger, first lady of Guyana; Joyce Banda, former president of the Republic of Malawi; Whitney Houston (posthumously), music icon; and Sheryl Lee Ralph, activist, actress, and producer.
“The selected honorees have demonstrated an untiring zeal for service to the community and inspire us through their selfless commitment to improving the lives of others,” said Celebrating Women International Corporate Secretary Collin Smith.
Commenting on receiving the distinguished award, Mangum said, “I am honored to be recognized among such an accomplished and diverse group of women who have dedicated their lives to the advancement of our world. I think it is befitting to receive this international recognition on behalf of the University on the date of its founding. I will accept the award on behalf of all of those who worked tirelessly to make FAMU into the gateway of access and opportunity that it is today.”
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) is one of the largest single-campus historically Black colleges or universities in the nation. The University blends a strong research focus with a commitment to economic empowerment and community service.
The University was founded in 1887 as the State Normal School for Colored Students. Today, FAMU continues its mission to be a best-in-class, land-grant institution with a global reach that focuses on science, technology, research, engineering, agriculture, and mathematics.
FAMU contributes to a strong workforce by providing a high-quality, affordable education to students from diverse backgrounds.
What distinguishes Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University from other universities is its legacy of providing access to a high-quality, affordable education to many students who otherwise may never have the opportunity to fulfill their dreams of getting a college degree. The CollegeNet and PayScale Social Mobility Index (SMI) have recognized FAMU for its commitment to providing pathways for social and economic mobility.
SMI ranks FAMU third among all colleges and universities in the nation for fostering social and economic opportunity. FAMU is also one of the top institutions for providing a high-quality education at an affordable price in Florida, according to The College Database (2013).
U.S. News & World Report lists FAMU as the nation’s top public historically Black college or university (HBCU) for 2015. The University was also recognized among the 2014 U.S. News & World Report “Best National Universities.” It is listed among The Princeton Review’s “Best in the Southeast” colleges.