May 10, 2011

GSU Appointments Confirmed by ULS Board of Supervisors

GRAMBLING, LA – ULS Board of Supervisors confirmed and approved the appointment of Dr. Connie Walton as Grambling State University Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and Mr. Leon Sanders as the Vice President of Finance and Administration. Both appointees held their prospective positions as interim over the past year.

Dr. Connie Walton is a tenured faculty in Chemistry. She received a B.S. in Chemistry from Grambling State University and a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Southern Mississippi. Dr. Walton is a co-inventor of two U.S. Patents that are related to nonlinear optics. In 1993, she accepted a teaching position in the Department of Chemistry at Grambling State University. In 1994, Dr. Walton received her first administrative appointment at Grambling State University, Acting Department Head of Chemistry. In this capacity, she led the chemistry program in receiving initial certification of its program by the American Chemical Society’s Committee on Professional Training. In 2000, she was selected as Dean of Science and Technology and was successful in organizing the University’s successful efforts to obtain ABET accreditation of the engineering technology programs. In January of 2010, Dr. Walton was appointed Interim Provost & Vice-President of Academic Affairs. She assumed a major leadership role in the University’s recent SACS reaffirmation efforts. In 2010 Dr. Walton participated in the Millennium Leadership Initiative. Dr. Walton served as a member of the State of Louisiana’s Blue Ribbon Commission for Educational Excellence for one year (2006-2007). She served as the Board of Regents Chief Articulation Officers for Grambling State University for 2008-2009.

Mr. Leon Sanders is a seasoned finance professional with over 30 years of finance and administration experience. He received a B.S. in Business Administration at Alcorn State University and an MBA from Texas Southern University. Before being appointed as Interim Vice President for Finance and Administration at Grambling State University, Mr. Sanders was the Associate Vice President for Facilities Management and Campus Services for three years and Associate Vice President for Finance and Administration for approximately one year. Under Mr. Sanders direction he has accomplished many initiatives for the university, such as: Audit findings were reduced from a total of eight (8) in fiscal year 2009 to five (5) in fiscal year 2010, a Director for Grants Administration was brought in, which has resulted in hundreds of thousands of dollars in additional administrative cost reimbursements, as well as a Controller with years of experience as a Chief Legislative Auditor. Mr. Sanders is also supporting the restructuring of the Controller’s Office to enhance service to the administration, faculty, staff and students.

The Grambling State University administration, faculty, staff and students congratulate Dr. Walton and Mr. Sanders on their appointments and wish them much success in carrying out G.S.U.’s excellence, tradition and service.

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