Outgoing GSU President Frank G. Pogue helps provide smooth transition for incoming interim president Cynthia Warrick, who assumes university leadership Tuesday
Outgoing President Frank G. Pogue shakes hands with incoming
Interim President Cynthia Warrick as the university makes
the transition to new leadership.
GRAMBLING, La. – Grambling State University President Frank G. Pogue announced his decision to retire June 30 a few weeks ago but not without a plan to provide a smooth transition. That process is taking place this week as incoming interim president Cynthia Warrick splits her time between Grambling State and Baton Rouge as she prepares to start her tenure.
“It was important to me, and this fine institution, that we do something that isn’t done as often as it should happen,” said Pogue, who heads to his retirement home in Delaware soon. “It is rare in higher education that one president welcomes another, for a variety of reasons, but when it can happen it provides a wonderful opportunity for the incoming leader to hear some things directly from the outgoing president, face to face and eye to eye.”
“I decided I wanted to do that for whoever Grambling State University’s next leader would be, even before I knew it would be Dr. Warrick,” added Pogue. “But I’m glad I’ve had time to meet and dine with Dr. Warrick, and her husband, and to set up some key administration, faculty and staff meetings before she gets started and really digs in.”
Warrick, a pharmacist with extensive academic and research experience, is becoming GSU’s chief executive officer from her role as senior fellow at the Center for Minority Health Services Research at Howard University in Washington, D.C. She is scheduled to be confirmed as Grambling State’s interim president by the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors at its Friday (June 27) meeting.
In advance of that action and her July 1 start, Pogue provided Warrick with several opportunities to talk with and hear from various university groups and teams, including finance and administration, athletics, academic affairs, music, student affairs, institutional planning and as well as students.
“It was a nice opportunity to see many of the people with whom I will be working,” said Warrick. “I enjoyed meeting administrators, faculty and staff, especially students who are our reason for existence.”
Pogue and first lady Dorothy Pogue dined with Warrick and her husband, Jan Jasper, in the presidential dining hall Tuesday night, a quiet, quaint opportunity to more casually discuss life at Grambling State University. The Pogues are moving out of Johnson Place, the president’s home, and Warrick and her husband are moving in.
A native of San Antonio, Texas, Warrick has served as interim president at South Carolina State University; dean and chief research officer and professor of pharmacy at Elizabeth City State University in North Carolina; associate professor and director of environmental & occupational health at Florida A&M University and assistant professor in the Division of Management, Policy & Community Health at the University of Texas School of Public Health in Houston.
Warrick earned a doctoral degree in environmental science and public policy at George Mason University, a master’s degree in public policy from Georgia Institute of Technology and a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from Howard University.
Interim President Cynthia Warrick poses with GSU students and family members as she prepares to lead the university.
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