U.S. Marines Corp Honors Five Grambling State Leaders

IMG_32162018 Centennial Celebration of Women in the Corps Incorporates Grambling State

As a part of this year’s celebration of the centennial anniversary of the first woman member of the Marines; the U.S. Marine Corp acknowledged five women leaders from Grambling State University.

As a part of this year’s Bayou Classic and its national broadcast on NBC Sports, the Corp recognized:

  • Dr. Ellen Smiley, Provost and Vice-President of Academic Affairs
  • Sheilah Faucette, Associate Vice-President of Finance
  • Dr. Nikole Roebuck, Interim Department Head of Music
  • Donna Hill- Todd, Director of  Internal Audit
  • Wanda Currie, Associate Athletic Director/Senior Women’s Administrator

From its charter, it was 143 years before the U.S. Marines would enlist Opha Mae Johnson, its first female member. It would take another 31 years before the military branch would enlist its first African-American female member, Annie E. (Graham) Gilliard.

“For generations, Grambling State University has been advanced by the tireless work of women leaders,” said President Rick Gallot. “I am fortunate to get to work with these phenomenal women who are demonstrating to an up-and-coming generation that there is no limit to the progress they can help create.”




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 gram.edu.