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Gallot appointed to Governor’s Cybersecurity Commission

Grambling State President Rick Gallot was recently appointed to Governor John Bel Edwards commission on cyber security.

Gallot was appointed to the Louisiana Cyber Security Commission and will serve at large.

The Louisiana Cybersecurity Commission’s mission is to advance the State’s cyber ecosystem and position Louisiana as a national leader and preferred location for cyber business, education and research.

The 15 member Commission is to identify, prioritize, and mitigate Louisiana’s cyber risk, promote cybersecurity awareness and promoting action including legislative, administrative and regulatory for the security of all Louisiana’s cyber ecosystem and ultimately the enhancement of cybersecurity in Louisiana.

Gallot to Embark on Annual Bernetta Ambres Ambassador Tour

Grambling, La. – March 17, 2022 – Grambling State University President Rick Gallot will journey south later this month to meet and interact with potential GSU students as part of the 2022 Bernetta Ambres Ambassador Tour.

The event was started by the late Grambling State alumna Bernetta Ambres and will connect GSU with high school students from St. John the Baptist, Jefferson and Orleans parishes.

Gallot, GSU Vice President for Advancement, Research and Economic Development Melanie Jones and the GSU admissions team speak to junior and senior classes about the benefits of attending Grambling with students being offered on-site admittance.

GSU Director of Bands Dr. Nikole Roebuck will also be participating.

Gallot and GSU’s Bernetta Ambres Ambassador Tour team will depart for New Orleans on March 29 and following a breakfast with the Jefferson Parish Schools System on March 30 will attend an “InspireNOLA” charter schools event to be hosted by Edna Karr High School at from 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. with student from McDonough 35 also participating.

From 12:30-1:30 that afternoon the GSU team will meet with students at Landry Walker College & Career Preparatory School before meeting with students at St. Mary’s Academy from 2-3 p.m.

Gallot and GSU’s tour team will start the day on March 31 visiting with students at West St. John High School in Edgard from 9-10:30 a.m. before moving to East St. John High School in Reserve for an 11 a.m.-noon visit.

From 12:45-1:45 p.m. that afternoon the group will appear at Booker T. Washington High School to meet with students there as well as others from Frederick Douglas High School and John F. Kennedy High School.

GSU’s recruiting team will then move on to St. Augustine High School to meet with students there from 2-3 p.m. before attending a fundraiser/reception at the Roy E. Glapion Zulu Hall in New Orleans from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

On April 1, Gallot and his team are slated to visit the College Academy in New Orleans at a time to be determined.

About Grambling State University

Located in Grambling, Louisiana, Grambling State University is a historically black university that was founded in 1901. The institution has been accredited by SACSCOC, 13 associations, and in all programs required by the Louisiana Board of Regents. A member of the University of Louisiana System, Grambling State University has the academic strengths of a major university with the benefits of a small college. Offering 46 undergraduate and graduate academic programs, the 590-acre campus is home to world-class athletics, an internationally renowned marching band, and vibrant student life that enables our scholars to grow and learn in a positive environment. For more information, visit

Board of Regents Approves Cloud Computing Degree at Grambling State

Louisiana’s First 4-Year Cloud Computing Degree Program to Begin Fall 2020

GSU President Gallot before the ULS Board.

Image taken at Board of Regents meeting pre-COVID-19.

GRAMBLING, La. – May 29, 2020 – On Thursday, the Louisiana Board of Regents approved Grambling State University’s proposal to offer Louisiana’s first bachelor’s degree in Cloud Computing.

“World markets benefit tremendously from increased diversity in career fields like cloud computing, and our students are the perfect fit for this need,” said President Rick Gallot. “We are proud to have the support of the University of Louisiana System and the Board of Regents to prepare the next wave of digital geniuses and tech talent for the innovation industry.”

The program will train students to become cloud computing experts who can build and maintain cloud infrastructures. Professionals with these skills are projected to remain in high demand for decades to come. According to Forbes, in 2019 there were 50,248 cloud computing positions available in the U.S. from 3,701 employers and 101,913 open positions worldwide. Beginning with the graduating class of 2024, Grambling State alums can don the title of Cloud Architect, Cloud Consultant, IoT Engineer and many other high demand tech-based positions with a median starting salary over $80k for many positions.

“Our work doesn’t end at graduation. In this new environment of increased distance learning and teleworking, the demand for professionals in disciplines like cloud computing and cybersecurity only continues to grow,” President Gallot said. “As a university, we had the forethought to integrate these programs as we continue to prepare our students to meet the demands of an evolving workforce.”

“The GSU Career Center, our vast alumni network, and our Friends of Technology Advisory Board are a few of the many ways that we ensure our alums are employed upon degree completion,” said President Gallot.

The hard work of curriculum development and gaining the proper approvals to offer the degree program is overseen by the University’s Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Connie Walton.

“Grambling State University is excited about the approval of the new program in cloud computing,” Dr. Walton said. The global cloud computing market size is expected to grow to $623.3 billion by 2023.

“The average length of time a cloud computing-related position remains open is close to 50 days. The degree program in Cloud Computing will allow Grambling State University to play a major role in ensuring that workforce needs related to cloud computing can be met,” Dr. Walton said.

Grambling State has long been a national leader in producing African American Computer Science graduates. The new program’s development is being spearheaded by Grambling State faculty member and member of the Louisiana Cybersecurity Commission, Dr. Yenumula B. Reddy. Dr. Reddy also serves as the chair of the department that houses Louisiana’s first degree in Cybersecurity.

“Our program will remain current with emerging workforce needs via strong industry partnerships and by using an innovative staffing approach,”Dr. Walton said. “The faculty teaching in this program will include individuals who are currently working in cloud computing positions. Students who are in this program will have the opportunity to learn from experts. Further, Dr. Reddy and his team will ensure that students receive assistance in placement in internships and cooperative education experiences. His team will also build into the program opportunities for students to engage in cutting edge research in cloud computing.”

Grambling State has been designated as a Center of Academic Excellence in Mathematical Achievement for Science and Technology (CeMAST).The Center supports the six STEM undergraduate degree programs housed in the College of Arts and Sciences, and one program in the College of Business. These programs are biological sciences, chemistry, computer science, cybersecurity, engineering technology, mathematics and physics, and computer information systems.


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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

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President & Mrs. Gallot on the passing of former UL Lafayette President, Dr. Ray Authement

To the Authement Family:  

On behalf of our entire Grambling State University community, we want to offer our sincerest condolences on the passing of Dr. Ray Authement. 

He is remembered with deep appreciation for his 34 years of service to the UL System as President of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. His tenure and temperament will be remembered with reverence and his example of outstanding leadership will live on through the countless lives that he impacted. Dr. Authement’s exemplary record excellent service by a university president is matched only by the respect and adoration he exhibited for higher education in Louisiana.   We will remember his life and contributions as an example of a person driven by purpose and visionary leadership.  

As you endure this challenging time, we hope you take comfort in the ongoing impact of his extraordinary life. We are grateful for his work and will keep your family lifted in our prayers.  

Forever Grambling,

President & Mrs. Rick Gallot

From President and Mrs. Rick Gallot on the Passing of Robert “Bob” Griffin (1932-2020)

On the Passing of Ark-La-Tex Legendary Radio and Television Journalist Known as the “Goodwill Ambassador”

To the Griffin Family:  

On behalf of our entire Grambling State University community, we want to offer our sincerest condolences on the passing of Bob Griffin. 

He is remembered with deep appreciation for his coverage of our athletic teams, especially for his notable coverage of our football team during the leadership of coach Eddie Robinson. The apparent respect and adoration he exhibited for Grambling State Athletics will be forever cherished.  

We will remember his life and contributions as an example of a person driven by passion and authenticity.  

As you endure this challenging time, we hope you take comfort in his outstanding impact. We are forever grateful for his work and will keep you lifted in our thoughts and prayers.  

Forever Grambling,   

President and Mrs. Rick Gallot   

Three-Time SWAC Champion, Coach Wilbert Ellis, to Keynote Eddie G. Robinson Lecture Series

ellis_coach100th Birthday Celebration Continues with Convocation Today at 11 a.m. 

GRAMBLING, La.  – November 11, 2019 – Grambling’s own legendary baseball coach, Wilbert Ellis, will keynote the Fourth Annual Edward G. Robinson Leadership Lecture Series on November 12 in the Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center at 11 a.m. Coach Ellis is a Grambling State Baseball Hall of Famer and Southwestern Athletic Conference Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. 

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Grambling State Approved For First Steps Toward Offering Louisiana’s First Bachelor’s in Cloud Computing

Computer Science Leader & Coming Digital Library Home Receives Board-Level Support for New Degree  

Cyber security network concept. Master key connect virtual networking graphic and blur laptop with flare light effectGRAMBLING, La – October 30, 2019 – Grambling State University, Louisiana’s top producer of African-American Computer Science graduates, has received system approval to develop a proposal that would seek approval to offer the state’s first Bachelor of Science degree in Cloud Computing – marking the second Louisiana “first” degree program for the University in one year.  

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Happy 118th Birthday, Grambling State University!

4 Fun Ways You Can Celebrate GSU During Homecoming Week

GSU Football CrowdSince its founding on November 1, 1901, Grambling State has grown into an internationally renowned producer of African American leaders and a trendsetter for American culture.  

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