September 19, 2013

Former President Returns to Address Founder’s Day Convocation

Neari Warner will talk about tradition, service and excellence at 11 a.m. Tuesday

Former GSU President,Dr. Neari Warner, returns to address Founder's Day Convocation.
Former GSU President,Dr. Neari Warner,
returns to address Founder’s Day Convocation.

GRAMBLING, LA -A familiar face and a special person in Grambling State University history will visit the campus as the Founder’s Day Convocation speaker. Former acting university president Neari F. Warner will speak on Sept. 24 at 11 a.m. in the T.H. Harris Auditorium.

"Dr. Warner played a significant role by providing significant stability and tremendous leadership at a crucial time in this university’s history, and we’ll never forget what she did," said Grambling State University President Frank G. Pogue. "As we’re forced to lead and navigate this university through a challenging, difficult financial period, I can’t think of anyone better to help us remember our history and our mission."

Warner, a New Orleans, La., native, was the first woman to head the university. During her tenure she successfully led GSU through a crisis that threatened the school’s accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. In addition to serving as an acting president, Warner is a Grambling alumna and graduated with honors as a magna cum laude when she received her bachelor’s degree in 1967. She also worked at the university as provost and vice president for academic affairs and vice president for development and university relations.

Prior to coming to working at Grambling State, she spent 26 years at Southern University in New Orleans. A noted scholar, Warner has been recognized for her work and efforts to make a difference. She has been recognized with the “Glass Ceiling Award” by the Louisiana Association of Women for Equal Opportunity and she was named a “New Orleans Role Model” by the Young Women’s Christian Association. In 2008, Warner was inducted into the university’s Hall of Fame. There is a $1 million endowed student scholarship named in her honor.

Other scheduled public events for Founder’s Week include:

  • The official opening of Founder’s Week will start at “The Founder’s Bust” of Charles P. Adams with a short ceremony at the east side of Lee Hall at 7:30 a.m. Monday (Sept. 23).
  • Annual Founder’s Week Fellowship Breakfast, scheduled for 8 a.m. until 10 a.m. Monday (September 23) in the Black and Gold Room at the Favrot Student Union.
  • The Department of Visual and Performing Arts will present “The Amen Corner” by James Baldwin September 24-27 at the Floyd L. Sandle Theatre, located in the Conrad Hutchinson Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $3 for students and $5 for the general public.

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