Grambling State Engages Parker Executive in Advancement VP Search

GRAMBLING,  La. – June 8, 2021 – Grambling State University (GSU) announced that it has engaged the services of Parker Executive Search to collaborate in the search for a Vice President of Advancement.

Parker Executive Search will assist GSU in the search process to successfully identify and recruit the most qualified candidates. The Atlanta-based firm will be responsible for the development of position specifications in coordination with GSU; original research and candidate identification throughout the search process; marketing and advertising of the position, assessment, and advisement throughout the search process, and reference and background checks.

Marc A. Newman will leave Grambling State for a fundraising and development position at another university. During his tenure at GSU, Newman worked to increase alumni giving by 255%, created over 70 new scholarships and endowments, and developed a new athletic sponsorship platform. He was also instrumental in the organization and the creation of the Doug Williams Center for the Study of Race and Politics in Sports.

“Mr. Newman brought a wealth of experience to his role at Grambling State University and his expertise in development has truly helped us advance as an institution,” said GSU President Rick Gallot. “He launched new initiatives that helped take Grambling to the next level in fundraising and we are grateful for his impactful contributions.”

Collaborating with Parker Executive Search, GSU plans to conduct the search over the summer with a hire in place by early fall.

About Parker Executive Search
Parker Executive Search is a leading global retained search firm with more than 30 years of experience. The Atlanta-based firm has a national and international client base including top intercollegiate athletics programs and sports businesses, leading colleges and universities, Fortune 500 corporations, privately held startups, nationally-recognized academic health science centers, hospital/health systems and best-in-class not for profits.

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 academic programs. Grambling State University is a member of the University of Louisiana System. For more information, visit