FAMU President Talks Growth at State of the University Address

Posted at 11:54 PM, Sep 15, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-15 20:01:38-04

TALLAHASSEE, FL (WTXL) - Florida A&M University students heard from the school's president Tuesday for a state of the university address.

FAMU president Dr. Elmira Mangum took some words from the rapper Drake to encourage students to think positively in her annual convocation. The university band welcomed the president and a packed crowd at Jake Gaither gymnasium.

President Mangum says the university has grown and succeeded in several areas, but admits there are struggles in maintaining an HBCU, or a historically black college or university. However, she says she's confident the university is in strong shape: "We've come a long way, and we have a long way yet to go, but we have the foundation to be a best-in-class land grant doctoral university with an international presence. So working together, we will prepare our students and faculty to be global leaders using best practices."

Tuesday's convocation comes right after FAMU launched a new strategic planning process for the school last thursday.  She appointed former interim-president Larry Robinson to head a task force charged with revising the 2010-2020 strategic plan for the university.