Dr. Elmira Mangum assumed the position of Vice President for Budget and Planning at Cornell University in January 2010. She serves as the senior administrator responsible for managing Cornell’s resources and the annual operating and capital budgeting processes. This allows Mangum to provide leadership in applying university resources to meet Cornell’s institutional priorities and academic programming needs by leveraging all of the division resources available through space planning, institutional research, and business intelligence and information systems.
A seasoned administrator with more than 25 years of experience in executive higher education financial and resource management, her administrative leadership began at the University of Wisconsin- Madison, Geological and Natural History Survey as an operations specialist. Dr. Mangum has also held positions at the University at Buffalo (UB) a State University of New York system university. From 1984 to 2001 at various times she served in the role of assistant dean, associate provost for resource management and as vice provost. For approximately nine years she served at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, leaving as Senior Associate Provost in 2010 to become a Vice President at Cornell University. Dr. Mangum also holds a faculty appointment in the Johnson School at Cornell. She also held similar positions at UNC Chapel Hill School of Government, and UB Graduate School of Education, where she taught higher education administration, and leadership theory and practice. For several years she taught leadership and financial management in the UNC Bridges leadership program and served on the Bridges Board. Among many service activities, Dr. Mangum is a member of the Higher Education Resource Services (HERS) Board of Directors, the National Consortium for Continuous Improvement in Higher Education (NCCI) Board of Directors, the Tri-State Diversity Council, the United Way Board of Directors, North Carolina Central University Creating the Vision Board of Directors, and was a state representative and university chair of the American Association of University Women in North Carolina. She has given numerous talks on leadership and organizational change at conferences throughout the country including NACUBO, NCCI, and Exeter College, the University of Oxford, UK.
Mangum received her Ph.D. in educational leadership and policy from the University at Buffalo and 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. More recently, she completed the leadership program at the Center for Creative Leadership in North Carolina and is a life member of the National Council of Negro Women and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. She was also in the inaugural class of the Millennium Leadership Institute, attended the Harvard Graduate School of Education Management Development Program, and Cornell’s Administrative Management Institute.