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GSU Alumna Dana Williams, Ph.D. Appointed As Interim Dean Of Howard’s Graduate School

Dana Williams Ph.DWASHINGTON – January 30, 2019 – Howard University has appointed Dana Williams, Ph.D., as the Interim Dean of the Howard University Graduate School. Williams serves as the chair of the Department of English and a professor of African American literature. She received her bachelor of arts degree in English from Grambling State University and her master of arts and doctoral degrees in English from Howard University.


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Grambling State University Wins Best HBCU in a Record Five Categories

President Rick Gallot named Best Leader for Second Consecutive Year

GRAMBLING, LA — November 15, 2018 — Grambling State University set a new record winning top honors in five categories at the 2018 HBCUGrow LEAD Awards – including recognition for President Rick Gallot in the best leadership category for the second consecutive year.

The University earned top recognition in five categories including:


Best Leadership
Platinum Award, People’s Choice
President Rick Gallot, Grambling State University
(tie) President Walter Kimbro, Dillard University

Platinum Award, People’s Choice
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Best Website
Platinum Award, People’s Choice
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Best Marketing
Platinum Award, People’s Choice
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Platinum Award
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“When I was appointed President, Dr. Dan Reneau told me it was our generation’s time to be the leadership this University needs,” said President Gallot. “It’s amazing to be recognized with Dr. Kimbrough, who is uncontestably one of America’s best leaders in higher education.”

The Best Leadership award is given to an active president of a historically black college and university at the HBCUGrow Lead Conference; one of the country’s fastest-growing university leadership training events.

This and Grambling State’s other recognitions follow just one week after the University raised a record $1.3 million in its 2018 Bring it Home fundraising campaign. Other recent successes include, an approval to offer Louisiana’s first bachelor’s degree in Cybersecurity and a 100 percent increase in the University’s fiscal health.

“It is a great time for Grambling State,” said Marc Newman, VP for Advancement, Research, and Economic Development. “From our faculty and students to every team member and sponsor, there’s a collective effort to move forward. It’s an honor to have our progress recognized by our peers.”

Winners were selected in several categories based on peer nominations and input and data reviews by a panel of judges.  This year’s categories included LEAD Innovation, LEAD Marketing, LEAD Website, LEAD Military-Friendly and Best Leadership.


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 43 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Grambling State University is a member of the University of Louisiana System. For more information visit



GSU Alumnus Becomes First African American mayor of Alexandria, Louisiana

District 26 State Rep. Jeff Hall made history Tuesday night, becoming the first African American to be elected mayor of Alexandria.Jeff Hall

Hall, a former Cleco executive, received 53 percent of the vote and beat his closest challenger by more than 2,400 votes.

The Grambling State University accounting graduate also worked for the city of Alexandria for seven years in the 1970s before going to work for the Central Louisiana Legal Services and the Rapides Parish Police Jury. He joined Cleco in 1981, where he worked for 32 years.

In addition to serving in the Louisiana Legislature, Hall is the former chairman of the Greater Alexandria Economic Development Authority (GAEDA) as well as the Alexandria Central Economic Development District (ACEED). Hall also served on the Rapides Hospital Board of Trustees.

President Rick Gallot and the Grambling State University family congratulate Mayor-Elect Hall and wish him great success.


Register Today! GSU’s Next High School Day, February 16, 2019

It’s never too early to start the path to become a Tiger! This Spring Grambling State will welcome thousands of families, prospective students, and leaders to its 2019 Spring High School Day – February 16.

Graphic-square-highschoolday-s19High School day is a high-energy, day-long opportunity to experience college. Students from high schools across the state and nation will get to experience: Continue reading

5 Ways to Invest in Grambling State: Radiothon & Day of Giving, Friday, Nov. 2

RadionThon-PromoThere are just a few days left to help Grambling State University Bring It Home 2018. No matter how you’d like to give, the 7th Annual Radiothon and Day of Giving is a great time to make your tax-deductible contribution and help our students, faculty, and campus continue to grow.

Here are five ways you can help Bring it Home before the big total announcement and help us beat our $1 million goal:

  1. SHOW UP in Person: Stop by KGRM – Friday, Nov. 2

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Homecoming 2018: Schedule Available Featuring Jazmine Sullivan, Teyana Taylor, and more

Post_Square-GSU-SIGN-Academic-BUildingsHey GramFam! It’s our favorite time of year. Homecoming 2018 season is here! Follow this post and the links and album below to track the flyers, news, and latest events for Homecoming 2018:

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GSU Spotlight: 8 Alumni Who Are Helping Grow the Grambling State Legacy

GSU Logo with MottoAs we celebrate this Founder’s Week, we’d like to say a special thank you to the thousands of alumni who help grow the GSU Legacy through their personal achievements and efforts like Bring it Home.

Here are eight alumni whose accomplishments this year helped prove that we really are “The Place Where Everybody is Somebody:”

 “It’s not about the individual, it’s about Grambling” – Doug Williams 

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GSU Spotlight: STEM Innovation & Her Grambling Start – Cherie Kirkland #BringItHome2018

Cherie Kirkland’s career technology and leadership has included work for some of America’s largest brand names including IBM, The Weather Channel, and Cox Automotive. She credits much of her experience with her Grambling State start. Check out Cherie’s story on her journey to Grambling State and the importance of STEM education at HBCUs today.

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