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We. Are. Grambling. – A Message from President Gallot

_DSC3796-squareby Rick Gallot, President of Grambling State University

Article reposted from “The College Town” insert of the Ruston Daily Leader

Dear Tigers:

You are the continuation of the incredible Grambling State University legacy. For more than 118 years, we’ve led innovation in education and influenced culture around the world.

Today, the spirit of our legacy continues to respond to industry need and emerging opportunity for African Americans. It helps us define achievement now as a community of learners and educators.

That spirit has resulted in invitations from Beyoncé. That spirit has connected us with icons like Magic Johnson. That spirit is landing you internships and jobs in high places, from Wall Street to major TV networks across the globe.

This year I want to encourage you to take care of and grow that spirit.

Today, as Americans and industries forge through unfamiliar territories, we are in the best position to produce and become the leaders of innovation and civic change that redefine how the world visualizes success.

Through our digital library, we will help create the next generation of information access.

Through our academics, our students and faculty are already setting new standards in research and learning.

Through our collective giving, we are creating a model for what’s possible when the synergy of public, private, and individual forces combine to create an impact.

Today, the innovation we drive isn’t just monumental on our campus. It is the essence of who we are and will always be; at Grambling we are the definition for success.

As you venture into the classroom, out onto campus, to work, and everywhere else you go, I want you to remember that Grambling State University is the place “Where Everybody is Somebody”. This is more than a motto. It is a way of life. It is who we are.

We. Are. Grambling.

Rick Gallot
President of Grambling State University

Grambling State Appoints Interim Engineering Technology Department Leadership

Notable Engineer and Associate Director of Bands Dr. Edwin Thomas to Head Growing Technology Program  

Thomas-Edwin-Headshot-squareGRAMBLING, LA– August 16, 2019 – Today, Grambling State University announced that Dr. Edwin Thomas will now lead the University’s Engineering Technology program which recently received new support from Governor Edwards and Louisiana Economic Development.  

“As our technology programs grow, it’s critical to ensure our students are connected with faculty who have the network and the knowledge to deliver a strong career start,” said President Rick Gallot. “From the band to the technology classroom, Dr. Thomas has proven to be a dedicated champion who leverages every opportunity to advance the lives of our students.” 

Dr. Thomas is an alumnus of Grambling State University and member of the academy for more than 30 years. After gaining his Bachelor of Science degree from GSU in 1978, he earned a Master’s in Industrial Technology from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, LA. Dr. Thomas returned home to Grambling State to earn his doctorate degree in Education with a concentration in Higher Education Administration, Supervision and Management. 

Since then, he has served as an expert consultant on home and plant design throughout Louisiana and served in several faculty positions. Dr. Thomas has also served as an advisor for the Louisiana Department of Economic Development. With numerous engineering certifications, include CAED from the University of Texas in Austin, and over 20 years of Industrial Engineering field experience, Dr. Thomas is well known for his leadership as a band director of the World Famed Tiger Marching Band.

The University’s Engineering Technology department offers concentrations in electronics engineering technology and drafting and design engineering technology leading to the Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Technology. Both programs are accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET (ETAC/ABET). A construction Engineering Technology concentration is also offered in the department. 

The University will launch a national search for a Head of the Engineering Technology program later this year. 

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About Grambling State University 

Grambling State University, located in Grambling Louisiana, is a historically black university founded in 1901. The University has been accredited by 13 accrediting associations and holds accreditations in all programs required by the Louisiana Board of Regents. The 590-acre campus offers 42 undergraduate and graduate academic programs. Grambling State University is a member of the University of Louisiana System. For more information visit


Grambling State Recognized as a Top Producer of Minority Graduates

_DSC1126University Recognized in Five Academic Categories for Leading U.S. in African American Graduates 

Grambling, LA – August 12, 2019 – Recent data published by Diverse Issues in Higher Education acknowledged Grambling State University as a top 10 leading producer of African American graduates in five categories: computer science, social sciences, education, marketing, and homeland security and related areas. Continue reading

FOX’s “Empire” Selects Grambling State Student to Shoot Final Season

IMG_5976Kayla Sullers, Mass Communication Sophomore, Interns on Set of Hit Series Finale

Grambling State University student Kayla Sullers landed the internship of a lifetime, working with camera and production teams behind the scenes of FOX’s critically-acclaimed TV show Empire during its final season.

“Everything so far has been very hands-on,” said Sullers when asked to highlight her favorite parts of the experience. “From my very first day, I started on set, witnessing every aspect of pre-production along with the production standpoint.” Continue reading

Tiger Takeover: 16 Grambling State Interns Making History


From Los Angeles to Louisiana to Beijing, Grambling State students are changing the world while putting their education to work.  

At the start of summer President Rick Gallot challenged the student body, saying, “As you head off to invest your summer, whether through internships, work, or continuing your studies, I want to encourage you to never stop innovating.” 

These Tiger interns took the message to heart: 

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President Rick Gallot Goes Live, Tuesday August 13 

LIVE_Prez_2019-2Join students, supporters, and followers for big answers about Grambling State 

Grambling, La – July 23, 2019 – Grambling State University President Rick Gallot will host a live webcast August 13, 2019, at 6:00 p.m. to share an annual update and connect with students and supporters.

Viewers and media are encouraged to email their questions in advance to reading

AT&T Donates $25,000 to Grow Cybersecurity Talent at Grambling State

DSC_1567-att2Nation’s Largest Communications Provider Invests in Louisiana’s First Undergraduate Cybersecurity Students

GRAMBLING, LA — June 18, 2019 – Today, AT&T announced it has donated $25,000 in scholarship funds to students at Grambling State University; home of Louisiana’s first Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity. Continue reading

Welcome the Class of 2023: Grambling State Rites of Passage, August 11

square-ellipses-logoJoin students, alumni, faculty, and staff as they welcome 2019’s incoming class of new and transfer students. This special experience will celebrate and uplift the next generation of the Grambling State University and the scholars, parents, and community who will continue to make this “The Place Where Everybody is Somebody.”  Continue reading