UL SYSTEM ANNOUNCES TRANSITION FOR GRAMBLING LEADERSHIP

 
Following the resignation of Grambling State University’s president, the University of Louisiana System has named GSU’s vice president of finance and administration, Leon Sanders, as the person in charge of handling operations beginning July 1. Mr. Sanders will coordinate with the System on all personnel, academic and financial decisions.

The Board, already scheduled to hold a special meeting in Baton Rouge on July 26 to interview UL System president finalists, will also discuss the selection of Grambling’s next president.

“Grambling State University has experienced an unusual number of leadership changes the past 25 years and the System office, in coordination with the Board, is working with urgency to secure the right leader for this exceptional institution,” Interim UL System President Dan Reneau said.

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GSU President Willie D. Larkin Resigns

 
Dr. Willie LarkinDr. Willie D. Larkin, who was appointed by the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors as the 9th president of Grambling State University July 1, 2015, has resigned as of Thursday, June 23, 2016.

In Iess than a year. Dr. Larkin led the university in adopting a 5-year Strategic Plan that focused on shared governance, increasing enrollment and strengthening a student-centered culture. He is credited with over $1,000.000 in financial gifts to the university and developed the Student Leadership Initiative to increase student retention. The university realized a 92% increase in freshmen applications, an 80% increase in admitted freshmen, and the university awarded 731 degrees during the academic year. Also. Dr. Larkin developed the “President’s Appeal: Student Gap Sponsorship” to support students who need additional funding to attend the university.

“I am not a quitter,” said Larkin. “I committed to serving Grambling State University for 7 years, or as long as I was allowed to do so. I will always love Grambling State University. She deserves more, much more in order for her to regain her splendor. Grambling State will survive and thrive. I have faith that one day the faculty, staff, students and the alumni will stand together firmly to move Grambling forward without being distracted from the goal of educational excellence. GSU has had 10 presidents in 25 years. Continuity is the key to success. Grambling State University must have continuity before she can move to the next level of preeminence.”

Dr. Fredrick Pinkney, GSU alumnus, and a member of Governor John Bel Edwards’ transition team for Higher Education commented, “I am quite disappointed that he was not given a fair chance nor enough time. The constant change is disheartening, and the message from the UL System Board of Supervisors is deafening.”

Dr. Larkin commented: “My parents, who were sharecroppers, told me to ‘leave something better than you found it’. I believe I have done that during my time here. Many blessings to Grambling State University. Go Tigers!”

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GSU honors the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. E. Edward Jones

 
“GSU honors the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. E. Edward Jones, 1931 – 2016.  He will be sorely missed”.

Reverend E. Edward Jones, Sr. 1931-2016REVEREND DR. E. EDWARD JONES, SR.

1931 – 2016

GRAMBLING STATE UNIVERSITY MOURNS THE PASSING OF REV. DR. E. EDWARD JONES, SR. CIVIL RIGHTS PIONEER, PASTOR, HUMANITARIAN AND ESTEEMED GRAMBLING STATE UNIVERSITY ALUMNUS.

“When reflecting on the life of Rev. Dr. E. Edward Jones, Sr, it is clear that he was a pillar of strength within his community, a drum major for justice and equality.” His concern for the quality of life for other people was widely known, and he championed fairness everywhere he went. He will be sorely missed, both for his wisdom and unrelenting courage. Grambling State University has lost a giant of a man, but his memories will live on forever in the minds and hearts of everyone who was fortunate enough to come in contact with him. He paved a clear path for us all to follow. We have lost a soldier and a fighter for justice. May he rest in peace and his light continue to shine through others.”

– Dr. Willie D. Larkin, President

ARRANGEMENTS:
Thursday, June 16, 2016 – 7:00 p.m.
(Body will lie in state on Thursday, June 16, 2016)
Highlighting Dr. Jones’ contributions to Galilee, Shreveport & Louisiana
Galilee Missionary Baptist Church
1500 Pierre Avenue
Shreveport, LA 71103
(318) 221-2629

Friday, June 17, 2016 – 11:00 a.m.
Highlighting Dr. Jones’ contributions to the National Baptist Convention of America, International, Inc.
Galilee Missionary Baptist Church
1500 Pierre Avenue
Shreveport, LA 71103
(318) 221-2629

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