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Statement from GSU President Gallot

Dear Grambling Family,

I am sad to confirm what many of you know, that early this morning we lost one of our Grambling State University students, Earl Andrews, and a visitor to the campus, Monquiarious Caldwell. We offer our deepest condolences to their families. We are working with authorities to do all that we can to ensure your safety on campus, our first priority.

The event that occurred was an isolated incident. The campus is open for standard hours today, and the university Comprehensive Counseling Center in the Foster-Johnson Health Center is open and available for students, faculty and staff. Please call (318) 274-3277, or after hours, call (318) 274-2222.

There will be a student-led prayer vigil “on the yard” near Favrot Student Union at 5:00 p.m. today.

This morning I have been in constant contact with our university leaders, state and local police, and our governor, John Bel Edwards, to make sure we are well resourced to keep our campus community safe and help us recover from this event.

For anyone who has details related to this morning’s event, we encourage you to contact the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office at (318) 548-3160. Your name and information can remain anonymous.

After consultation with GSU Student Government Association leadership, we will proceed with our academic and event schedules as planned in the coming week, including all homecoming events. You will see increased police and security this week, and we ask that you be patient with any related delays.

Our students, their parents, faculty, staff, and alumni are our first priority. In the coming weeks, we will work with you to get your input on how we can maintain and enhance campus safety.

In the meantime, I ask that you do what we as the “GramFam” have always done: look out for one another. Alert an authority if you see anything suspicious or find yourself in a situation where someone’s safety is in jeopardy. Always remember that this is our university and it’s our collective responsibility to ensure the safety and security of the campus community.

You may also follow the official university social media outlets at @Grambling1901 for updated information.

Richard J. Gallot, Jr., J.D.

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Support reinstating the undergraduate nursing program at Grambling State University.

President Rick Gallot addresses ULS about Nursing ProgramGrambling State University’s undergraduate nursing program is on the Feb. 23rd University of Louisiana System (ULS) Board of Supervisors meeting agenda. This is the first step of GSU President Rick Gallot’s effort to reinstate the program by fall 2018.

In preparation for the meeting, President Rick Gallot is compiling a ‘nursing support package’, and is asking Grambling State University alumni, faculty, staff, students, supporters and stakeholders to email letters in support of reinstating the institution’s undergraduate nursing program to him at by Tuesday, Feb. 21st.

President Gallot asks that supporters share this post and use the #GSUNursing hashtag on social media through Feb. 21st.

“If you care about the GSU undergraduate program, and if you think we should bring it back to our campus, we need you to say so, in writing, so we can have a clear indication of support for this effort,” said Gallot. “We cannot do this alone. We must have the support of the UL system and others.”

Please also sign the online petition found here: 

President Rick Gallot addresses ULS about Nursing Program

Grambling President Advises Connecting with Politicians

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by Reginald Stuart

GSU President Rick Gallot, Jr. Quote - 01/22/17When Louisiana attorney Richard Gallot was elected to the state legislature, the then-rising young Democrat took office with a new rising Republican governor. It did not take long before the two realized they needed to work together to do their jobs and achieve their goals, among them staying afloat as high-profile political figures in the Bayou State.

“Regardless of who’s in charge, they (elected officials) have an obligation to represent our interests,” Gallot says, stressing the importance of responsibility over political objectives.

Today, as New York businessperson Donald Trump has risen to the presidency of the United States, Gallot, the new president of Grambling State University, has advice for his peers, offered as a seasoned politician turned higher education administrator: connect with your so-called adversaries early, earnestly and often.

“We are very polarized now,” says Galllot, who spent 15 years serving in the Louisiana State Legislature working with two Republican governors during his terms in the state House and Senate. “It’s going to take members of state legislatures and Congress to do their jobs,” he says, having worked with politicians whose personalities have run the gamut.

“It’s important to connect” beyond paperwork and memos with peers and adversaries at every level of influence, says Gallot. It is important, he says, to “develop something beyond your official relationship.”

Approaching his challenges from that point, Gallot says he has already sought to engage the member of Congress representing the district in which Grambling is located. Recently, during a visit to Washington, he contacted the Congressman, Rep. Ralph Abraham, regarding getting a tour of the White House for his wife who was accompanying him for an official visit. Abraham arranged for his wife to meet with Gallot’s, the president says. They toured the official mansion and lunched together, he says, making him more than just a name sending documents for help.

Such gestures are necessary today, as university presidents encounter an entirely new crew of federal higher education officials under Trump, many of whom have little, if any, real-time experience in higher education policy and administration. Behind Trump’s crew are elected lawmakers of all political parties who are likely to serve as long, if not longer, in their respective offices than Trump, he says.

Politics is an exercise in pooling ideas at some point, Gallot says, noting that then-Gov. Murphy J. Foster asked him to support a measure in the state House. Gallot said that he would, if the governor could help get Grambling funds to finance several projects important to the university. The tradeoff worked, as Foster’s bill passed and Grambling got its $25 million for construction.

“You (lawmakers) have to be willing to assist them (government chief executives), when they need help,” says Gallot, noting lawmakers on Capitol Hill hold the federal purse strings.

Gallot adds it is important to cultivate the scores of career government employees who do the day-to-day work of keeping a government agency running. “I don’t have to go to Trump Tower,” he says of the “higher-ups and political appointees” who have visited Trump at his New York City offices since the November elections.

Career public servants at the local, state and federal levels are where the “real work is being done,” Gallot says. Those individuals are just as important as the ones who visit Trump Tower for news headlines and photo opportunities, he says.

Get to know them, he adds.
Gallot, interviewed by phone last week at the end of a NCAA board meeting in Nashville, also offered a bit of wisdom given by NCAA Executive Vice President Bernard Franklin during the meeting.

‘If you’re not at the table, you’re going to be on the menu,” Gallot recalls Franklin saying, as he, Gallot, offered advice to peers sorting through the continued fallout over Trump’s persistent and offensive rhetorical outbursts.

Presidents need to step back from the rhetoric and help their students develop leadership skills at such times, Gallot says.
“If a student sees me sulking and kicking cans, what else should I expect from them?” he asked. “They need to see me engage with the government by example, no matter who is in power.”

A rookie president he is, Gallot acknowledges. Still, he knows a lot about the work a president needs to do to get the job done in the real world, he adds.


We are all deeply saddened by the passing of Mr. Jimmy D. Long Sr. His 32- year tenure in the Louisiana legislature and lifelong commitment to higher education are legendary examples of service to our beloved state. He was an icon in every sense of the word.

We were honored to have Mr. Long and Ms. Dot visit our campus only two short months ago. While here, Mr. Long remarked, “What a lovely campus this is; I have really enjoyed the hospitality and my time here.”

The Grambling State University family and I offer our heartfelt condolences to Ms. Dot, Jimmy Long Jr, and Mr. Long’s family, friends and colleagues. He will truly be missed.

Richard J. Gallot, Jr., JD

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Rick Gallot: Let’s get to work for GSU

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Rick Gallot, Guest columnist
12:35 p.m. CDT August 1, 2016

Grambling State University is The Place Where Everybody is Somebody, and I am grateful to GSU for preparing me for a time such as this.

I had offers to attend other universities, including Dartmouth, an Ivy League school. However, knew I wanted to go to law school and fulfill a childhood dream of being a member of the Grambling State University World Famed Tiger Marching Band. GSU was my choice.

As the incoming GSU president, I am humbled and I am grateful to the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors and Interim ULS President Dan Reneau for the trust they have put in me. I was not thinking about being a politician or a college president when I walked the campus as a student.

A lot has happened since I was a student Tiger. I’ve known – and supported – each GSU president since I met and got to know President Ralph Waldo Emerson Jones as a kid. Jones was our much beloved second president, serving after founder Charles Adams. We all knew him as “Prez,” and he was our president from 1936 until 1977.

Like Prez, I want to be a long-serving Grambling State University Tiger-in-Chief.

First and foremost, Grambling State University is an academic institution. Without a strong academic foundation at GSU, I would not have become as successful as I have been as an attorney or as a legislator. That academic foundation will help me be successful as president.

My lifelong roots in the Grambling community, combined with my record of serving our university and community give me a head start in my new job. As an attorney based in Ruston, a Grambling city councilman, state representative and state senator, I have the community, government and leadership the institution needs at this critical time.

The core GSU brand remains strong. People know and respect Grambling State University, largely because of our football legacy with the internationally famous Eddie G. Robinson and our fabulous marching band. We are not going to run away from something that makes us strong, and better. We will build on that foundation, emphasis our academic strengths and shore up areas where we are weak.

Higher education in Louisiana faces challenges unlike any time in our past. The relationships I’ve built over the past 15 years with the Gov. John Bel Edwards, the legislature, congressional leaders and the corporate sector will serve Grambling State University well.

What might be most in my favor, and to the university’s benefit, is that I know the Grambling community and the community knows me.

My wife, Christy, joined me when I interviewed for the job with the ULS board in Baton Rouge on Tuesday. Like me, Christy is a Grambling State University graduate. Both my parents are Grambling graduates. The four of us are life members of the Grambling University National Alumni Association.

Throughout my years of public service, I have developed a skill set and reputation for being a consensus and coalition builder. I will engage all of our various stakeholders to harness our energy, ideas, love and commitment to our university. Our focus on recruitment, retention and graduation must be unlike any other time in our history. Our students must know that they are our number one priority.

My record of service to our university has been visible. During my years of service in the legislature, capital improvements totaled more than $100 million. The Eddie Robinson Museum, Fred Hobdy Assembly Center, Conrad Hutchinson Performing Arts Center, campus wide student housing replacement, and Tiger Express, the campus food court, are a few of the state budget, capital outlay and third-party financing projects I have been directly or indirectly involved with seeing through to fruition.

I got my academic foundation at Grambling State, and we will strengthen our academic offerings and standing. My school, our school, needs a leader, a smart, savvy, down-to-earth, roll-up-his-sleeves and get-to-work-on-the-first-day leader.

I am that leader, and I’m ready to get to work to make the place Where Everybody is Somebody even better. Let’s get to work.

Rick Gallot: Relationships will make Grambling great

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JUL 29, 2016 – 11:00 PM

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- The A.C.Lewis Library at Grambling State University.
Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG — The A.C.Lewis Library at Grambling State University.

GRAMBLING, LA — I spent 15 years of my career and life traveling from northern Louisiana to Baton Rouge as a legislator, first as a state representative and then as a state senator.

I dedicated my life to serving people, as a politician and as an attorney, and much of the state’s business gets discussed, debated and determined in Baton Rouge. Now when I travel to Baton Rouge, I will be representing Louisianans and others with children, nieces, nephews and grandchildren attending Grambling State University.

As the incoming president of Grambling, I am humbled and I am grateful to the University of Louisiana System Board Chairman Jimmie “Beau” Martin and the ULS Board of Supervisors and Interim ULS President Dan Reneau for this opportunity and the trust they have put in me. I was not thinking about being my university’s president when I walked the GSU campus as a student. Grambling State prepared me, and Southern University’s law school gave me additional grounding to make me battle-ready.

A lot has happened since I was a GSU student Tiger and a Southern Jaguar.

Higher education in Louisiana faces challenges unlike any time in our past. The relationships I’ve built over the past 15 years will serve Grambling State University well.

Governor Edwards and I served in the House together and worked closely together after I was elected to the Senate. I was in the House when Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne was in the Senate. Jay and I worked together when he was secretary of state to make the Eddie Robinson Museum a reality on the Grambling State campus.

Senate President John Alario and I served in the House and Senate together. Senate Finance Chairman Eric LaFleur and I served in the House and Senate together — we were roommates in the Pentagon Apartments, right across from the capitol grounds. Senate Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Chairman J.P. Morrell and I served in the House and Senate together and served on the revenue committee.I served in the House with Speaker Taylor Barras, Appropriations Chair Cameron Henry and Ways and Means Chairman Neil Abramson. Speaker Barras and Chairman Henry served on House and Governmental Affairs with me when I was chairman.

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy and House Majority whip Congressman Steve Scalise and I served in the House together. I have a close relationship with my congressman, Dr. Ralph Abraham. Congressman Cedric Richmond and I served in the House and roomed together while in Baton Rouge for a time — and he was a groomsman in my wedding.

These are some of the most powerful people in the state. I know our severe budget constraints and their desire to adequately fund higher education.

I will be counting on these leaders, and others, to secure Land Grant status for GSU, a must for our future success. I will be talking about appropriate funding. We will show that we can make difficult decisions and work with the ULS board and the Louisiana Board of Regents to partner to make Grambling State successful.

We will make bold, smart moves. We will bring back GSU’s undergraduate nursing program. We will get more grants and research money. Our faculty is very committed to providing top-quality instruction, and we will find ways to improve and expand course offerings and rigor. Athletics will have its rightful place in my administration. I have a great deal of respect for my other school, Southern, and we will seek to partner with the Jaguar Nation on more than our annual Bayou Classic.

I’m ready to get to work with Louisiana’s leaders to make the place where everybody is somebody even better.

Gallot was appointed as the 10th president of Grambling State University on Tuesday, July 26.



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 Due to inclement weather, the next phase of our Strategic Planning process has been rescheduled for Thursday, March 31, 2016. Various constituent groups are being asked to participate in SWOT Analysis planning sessions. The purpose of these sessions is to receive input from internal and external stakeholders in areas that could impact future decisions for management at Grambling State University.

Again, I have appointed Dr. Ellen Smiley, Dean of the Honors College and Dr. Adriel Hilton, Chief of Staff as co-chairs of the Strategic Planning Committee. During the meeting, they will provide you with additional information regarding the role and scope of the analysis. The following times and date are listed below.


Constituent Group Time Location
Department Heads, Academic Coordinators, Directors & Faculty Senate 9:00 – 10:50 a.m.* Eddie Robinson Museum
Student Leaders 11:00 a.m. – 12:50 p.m.* Eddie Robinson Museum
Athletics 1:00 – 2:50 p.m.* Eddie Robinson Museum
Community Leaders 3:00 – 4:50 p.m.* Eddie Robinson Museum
Alumni & Foundation 5:30 – 7:20 p.m.* President’s Conference Room**


*Food will be served. **Limited Seating available – (Webinar capability available. Call-in instructions will be provided upon RSVP.)

Thank you, in advance, for the invaluable service you will render to the university in this capacity. Seating is limited; therefore, please RSVP to by March 22, 2016 if you plan to attend.

A culmination Open Meeting is scheduled Friday, April 8, 2016; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Betty Smith Nursing Building Auditorium. I invite you to participate.

Willie D. Larkin, Ph.D.
Grambling State University | Grambling, LA 71245
Phone: 318-274-6117 | Fax: 318-274-6172 |

“ONE GRAMBLING: Honoring History, Keeping Promises and Fulfilling Dreams”

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P.O. Box 607.403 Main Street • Grambling, LA 71245 • Office: (318) 274-6117 • Fax: (318) 274-6172 •
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An Equal Opportunity Employer and Educator • Facilities Accessible to the Disabled

Summer School will be in session


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Dear Grambling State Family:

On behalf of the Office of the President at Grambling State University (GSU), we want to express our most heartfelt gratitude to each of you all for your great work this academic year and for your patience as the University undergoes changes. It is because of each of you that we are able to uphold: “ONE GRAMBLING: Honoring History, Keeping Promises, and Fulfilling Dreams”.

As administrators, it is our significant responsibility to provide guidance to our students and to articulate clearly our expectations for the rest of the academic year. We have to uphold the integrity of this institution by facilitating accurate information. For that reason, your interactions with the students are imperative and must reflect the mission, vision, and motto of GSU. We want our students to continue to thrive in a serene and positive environment. Your position is critical to the success of the students, university and surrounding community.

Our strategic plan, which is underway, will be the foundation of the progression to change. Due to the efforts of the faculty, staff and students, the University enhances and promotes student life with numerous student activities and academic mobility throughout the year. In addition, to stabilizing and growing the institution, addressing these priorities will enable GSU to continue to provide quality lifelong learning and outreach opportunities inclusive of economic/workforce development initiatives for individuals, faith/community-based organizations, and engage in institutional partnerships.

Therefore, it is imperative that students be provided with accurate and complete information. With this letter, we want to assure each of you that the university remains healthy and will indeed remain open for summer session 2016.

With Great Enthusiasm,

Dr. Willie D. Larkin
Grambling State University | Grambling, LA 71245
Phone: 318-274-6117 | Fax: 318-274-6172 |

“ONE GRAMBLING: Honoring History, Keeping Promises and Fulfilling Dreams”


P.O. Box 607.403 Main Street • Grambling, LA 71245 • Office: (318) 274-6117 • Fax: (318) 274-6172 •
A Constituent Member of the University of Louisiana System • Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
An Equal Opportunity Employer and Educator • Facilities Accessible to the Disabled


Only Two Days Left in Special Session GSU Needs You Now


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With only two days remaining in the special legislative session, we need your help more than ever. In this very tight timeframe, legislators must find $177 million to ensure the budget gaps for higher education and healthcare are filled. Today is the last day for members to pass bills from the House in time to be approved by the Senate before session ends.

We need you to spread the word on the importance of valuing higher education in Louisiana. Louisiana’s higher education system is already the lowest funded state in the South—we need reinvestment, not more disinvestment.

Instruments that could help spare higher education from another budget cut include:

House Bill 34, Rep. Walt Leger, changes upper and middle income tax brackets.   Generates $44.2 M in FY 16 and $324 M in FY 17.

House Bill 33, Rep. Walt Leger, reduces the deduction from gross income for federal itemized deductions.  Generates no revenue in FY 16 but $142 M in FY 17.

House Bill 64, Rep. Jack Montoucet, “cleans” one penny of sales and use tax exemption for utilities.  May be amended to “clean” two pennies.  Fiscal note in FY 16 is $60 M and FY 17 is $240 M.

House Bill 46, Rep. Ted James, reduces the amount of ad valorem tax credits and provides for the carry forward of 80 percent.  Fiscal note assumes no revenue in FY 16 and $48 M in FY 17.

Clean penny legislation:

House Bill 61, Rep. Jay Morris, no fiscal note

House Bill 101, Rep. Katrina Jackson, FY 16 fiscal note of $170 M and $797 M in FY 17

House Bill 104 by Rep. Julie Stokes, FY 16 fiscal note of $116 M and $574 M in FY 17.

Please contact your legislator today and ask them to find funding to support our universities… to support Grambling State University.


P.O. Box 607.403 Main Street • Grambling, LA 71245 • Office: (318) 274-6117 • Fax: (318) 274-6172 •
A Constituent Member of the University of Louisiana System • Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
An Equal Opportunity Employer and Educator • Facilities Accessible to the Disabled

Grambling State University president speaks to Jefferson Parish students

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JEFFERSON PARISH, La.Grambling State University’s president spent some time with Jefferson Parish students on Thursday at a special assembly.

A spirited speech from Dr. Willie Larkin kicked off Thursday for students from several Jefferson Parish middle and high schools.

Larkin spoke of his journey from being a sharecropper’s son to a university administrator. He said the message to take away from this assembly: Don’t let your current situation define you!

Larkin told the group if they learn to work hard now, there is no limit to how successful they can be.

He says this advice could be useful to state lawmakers, too.

“If we don’t address the issue of higher education, we’re going to put ourselves in a predicament that we’re not going to rebound from,” said Larkin. “We’re trying to convince the legislature to look favorably on education, because that’s the thing that’s really going to improve the state. You cannot cut your way to prosperity. So we’re encouraging our legislators to look at the future of the state and invest in education.”

Larkin says right now, Grambling, just like the rest of the public colleges and universities in the state, are facing some serious financial challenges.

To survive the nearly $3 million in cuts from the state, he says they have a team considering several scenarios to ensure they’re prepared to keep functioning, regardless of what happens in the legislature.

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