Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Dr. Connie Walton, Provost & Vice President of Academic Affairs
Dr. Connie Walton, Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs

Dr. Connie Walton is our Provost and Vice-President of Academic Affairs and a tenured member of the chemistry faculty. She was formerly a research chemist with Hoechst Celanese, including one year of service to the company in Frankfurt, Germany. She has co-authored two U.S. patents related to nonlinear optics.

In 1993, Dr. Walton accepted a teaching position in the Department of Chemistry at Grambling State University. When she became the acting chair of the department one year later, she led the successful quest for initial certification of its program by the American Chemical Society’s Committee on Professional Training.  

In 2000, Dr. Walton was selected as Dean of Science and Technology, where she organized the efforts leading to the accreditation of GSU’s engineering technology programs. In January 2010, Dr. Walton was appointed Interim Provost & Vice-President of Academic Affairs. She played a major leadership role in preparing the University for reaffirmation of its Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) accreditation.

Dr. Walton has served on the State of Louisiana’s Blue Ribbon Commission for Educational Excellence and as one of the Board of Regents’ Chief Articulation Officers for Grambling State University.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Grambling State University and a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of Southern Mississippi. She is married to Mr. Gregory Clement. 


The mission of the Office of the Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs is to ensure the delivery of quality degree programs which provide students with knowledge, skills, and competencies that (1) prepare them for success in their chosen careers, (2) motivate them to pursue graduate and advanced study, and (3) equip them for meaningful interaction with diverse groups of people.

Moreover, the Office of the Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs is committed to providing faculty with opportunities and activities that (1) enhance teaching, (2) foster involvement in research and other scholarly endeavors, and (3) promote participation in university and community services