GRAMBLING, LA – One of the first promises President Frank Pogue made to the university when he arrived on campus was that he would “bridge the gap between Grambling State University and surrounding communities.” As Pogue put it, “there should be no gap or separation between the university and the community we serve.” Several initiatives have been implemented to achieve this goal.
On Thursday, March 24, 2011, the newly appointed regional advisory group known as the “University as a Neighbor Advisory Committee” held its inaugural meeting on the Grambling campus.
Composed of representatives from surrounding communities, the committee will advise the university administration in a variety of ways.
According to President Pogue, “this group will be the university eyes and ears in the community, and will assist in the areas of student enrollment; enhancing the image of the university; keeping communities informed about university accomplishments, public relations; community outreach efforts; identification of new and alternative access to funding opportunities; connecting with organizations and agencies; educational needs of the region, including K-12 initiatives; connecting with community leaders and elected officials; and enhancing relationships with regional churches and community organizations.”
This group will meet throughout the region at least quarterly and be invited to participate in various university activities.
During the inaugural meeting, committee members received presentations on the university mission and goals, organizational structure, budgetary challenges, planning process, updates on the “low completer” policy and the new LA GRAD Act, and initiatives to attract non-state tax financial assistance.
The University as a Neighbor Advisory Committee members are: Rev. Norah Banks, Jr., Pastor of New Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church, Inc. in Arcadia and Moderator of the Liberty Hill Baptist Association; Dr. Gerald Dawkins, Superintendent, Caddo Parish Public Schools; Ms. Mary Edwards, Local Business Owner, Grambling; Mr. Wilbert Ellis, President of the Friends of the Eddie G. Robinson Museum; the Honorable Cedric B. Glover, Mayor of the City of Shreveport; Mr. Quintin T. Harris (Alumnus), Branch Manager/Vice President of Chase Bank Ruston; Rev. Dr. E. Edward Jones (Alumnus), Pastor of Galilee Baptist Church in Shreveport; the Honorable Edward Jones, Mayor of the City of Grambling; Dr. Prentiss Love, Professor of Educational Leadership, Grambling State University; the Honorable James E. “Jamie” Mayo, Mayor of the City of Monroe; Mr. Earnest “Earnie” Miles, Host of the “The Earnie Miles (Gospel) Show”; Mr. James E. Moore, Local Business Owner, Grambling; Mrs. Charlesetta Reeder (Alumnus), Retired, Minden; Mr. Charles D. Scott, (Alumnus) Monroe; the Honorable Eugene Smith, Mayor, City of Arcadia; Rev. Julius Sumler, Pastor of the New Rocky Valley Baptist Church in Grambling; Mr. Dexter Tardy, GSU Student; Mr. Cordell Williams, Sr., Public Affairs – Troop G, Louisiana State Police; Dr. Sharon Williams, Associate Dean, School Of Social Work, Grambling State University, and Dr. Ellen Smiley, Committee Liaison and Interim Executive Assistant to the President, Grambling State University.
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