December 17, 2013

GSU Alumni, External Affairs

Collier, Johnson team up to enhance alumni, fundraising in institutional advancement

GRAMBLING, La. – Grambling State University is proud to announce that two longtime Gramblinites will work to improve internal and external affairs to significantly ramp up the university’s alumni affairs, friendraising and fundraising efforts.

Effective today (Monday, Dec. 16), Carolyn Collier becomes acting director of alumni affairs and Debra Johnson becomes acting executive director of external affairs.

Collier, a 1974 Grambling State University alumnae, returns to the Office of Institutional Advancement after serving the university in other positions. An innovator, she started the university’s ambassador program, geared toward out-of-state students who want to attend GSU while helping promote the school with tours and other activities. She is a lifetime member of the Grambling University National Alumni Association and has served many years volunteering to promote the university in a variety of ways.

Also effective today (Monday, Dec. 16), Johnson, who has been the director of alumni affairs, switches duties to focus on developing and enhancing external relationships with community partnerships, corporate entities, along with the local, state and national government entities as acting executive director of external affairs. Johnson, a 1978 GSU alumnae, with a bachelor’s in economics and an executive master’s degree in business administration, has many years of experience in corporate and community relations.

Grambling State University is fortunate to employ personnel who possess skills that can be utilized in many capacities to enhance the delivery of services to our students, faculty, staff and university community.

These moves are a part of an ongoing university restructuring, primarily the result of continuing state funding budget cuts. The university has had its state funding cut by more than 56 percent in the last six years.

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