Office of the President
Dr. Cynthia Warrick, Ph.D., RPh
Dr. Cynthia Warrick was appointed interim president of Grambling State University effective July 1, 2014 by University of Louisiana System President Sandra Woodley. The UL System Board of Supervisors approved her appointment at its June 27 meeting.
In the 2012-13 academic year, Warrick served as interim president at South Carolina State University, the state's only public historically black university. During her tenure leading SCSU, she accomplished the following:
- Recruited a team of professionals to address legal, financial, criminal, political, academic, and student issues related to failed management and oversight;
- Prevented the closure of a major academic program threatening the degrees of over 200 professional nursing students;
- Developed and implemented a mobile app and social media networking center to address campus security, customer service and communication issues, and to enhance student trust and awareness, stakeholder involvement and campus cohesiveness;
- Successfully lobbied the SC legislature to increase university funding and improve the institution's public relations in the wake of negative publicity; and
- Established key agency and private sector partnerships.
A pharmacist by trade, Warrick ventured into higher education 16 years ago. She has served in multi-faceted leadership roles as an administrator, public servant, healthcare professional, environmental research scientist, faculty member, and accreditation reviewer.
She serves as Senior Fellow for the Center for Minority Health Services Research at Howard University's College of Pharmacy, a position she has held since 2009.
Prior to her interim presidential appointment at South Carolina State, Warrick was dean and chief research officer and professor of pharmacy at Elizabeth City State University in North Carolina; associate professor and director of environmental and occupational health at Florida A&M University and assistant professor in the Division of Management, Policy & Community Health at the University of Texas School of Public Health in Houston.Warrick earned a doctoral degree in environmental science and public policy at George Mason University, a master's degree in public policy from Georgia Institute of Technology and a bachelor's degree in pharmacy from Howard University.