Dr. Ebony Turner
Dr. Ebony Turner

Grambling, La.  – July 1, 2024 –  Research is a cornerstone of intellectual vitality and progress for any institution of higher education. In its unwavering pursuit of expanding the research enterprise, Grambling State University (GSU) is proud to announce the appointment of Dr. Ebony Turner as Director of Program and Research Development. This pivotal addition underscores the university’s commitment to advancing its strategic goals in research.


“I am thrilled about Dr. Turner joining the Research and Sponsored Programs team,” said Theodore Callier, Vice President for Research and Sponsored Programs. “Her diversity of experiences within university environments will provide tremendous value to the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs and Grambling State. As we continue to work to strengthen support for our faculty’s efforts around research and grantsmanship, we are fortunate to have someone with Dr. Turner’s experiences join the team.”


In her new role, Dr. Turner will be responsible for identifying large-scale opportunities research and other activities, Dr. Turner will work collaboratively with GSU faculty and staff to develop competitive applications, with particular emphasis on cross-disciplinary and multi-institutional opportunities.


“I am delighted to be joining the Grambling State University family,” Dr. Turner said. “I am looking forward to working with the faculty, staff, and students to secure funding geared towards enhancing our academic programs, supporting innovative research, and strengthening our commitment to the community.”


Dr. Turner has over 20 years of experience envisioning, planning, and executing strategic initiatives funded by various federal entities, including The National Institutes of Health, Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. Department of Labor.


Instrumental in preparing and securing grant proposals worth over $22 million dollars, her areas of expertise include grants management, workforce development, education and training, program management, and evaluation. She has also served as a proposal reviewer for several agencies, including the Department of Labor, the National Science Foundation, and the U.S. Department of Education.


The New Orleans, Louisiana native received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Xavier University of Louisiana in 1996 and a Master of Science in Applied Mathematics in 1998 from the University of New Orleans. In 2006, she received her Ph.D. in Urban Higher Education Administration from Jackson State University.