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Grambling State Appoints Timothy Graham as Director of Purchasing

Experienced Accountant and Procurement Officer Assumes  Executive Leadership Role at Grambling State

GRAMBLING, La. – May 28, 2020 –Grambling State University announced that Timothy Graham assumed the role of Director of Purchasing starting May 18.

“We are excited to welcome Mr. Graham to our team,” said Grambling State Senior Associate Vice President for Finance and Operations Sheilah Faucette. “His extensive experience brings a unique blend of talents to this important role.”

“In this position, Graham will provide executive level direction for the University’s fiscal management and strategic acquisitions. He has vast experience in negotiating large capital expenditure projects, developing domestic and international supplier relationships, implementing purchasing software systems, and managing multi-million dollar budgets and forecasts.

“In order to continue providing an exceptional educational experience for our students, we must maximize our assets,” said Executive Vice President Martin Lemelle. “We look forward to having Mr. Graham’s guidance in this area.”

About Timothy Graham
Graham brings over eighteen years of governmental and global procurement, supply chain implementation, and strategy execution. He has vast experience in negotiating large capital expenditure projects, developing domestic and international supplier relationships, implementing purchasing software systems, and managing multi-million dollar budgets and forecasts.

He is a graduate of Southern University, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. He received his MBA from the University of Phoenix. In addition to his years of purchasing, his background includes several years of bank management and accounting experience. Prior to joining the Grambling family, Graham was the Senior Buyer for Benteler Steel-Tube in Shreveport, Louisiana where he was responsible for global contract negotiation and implementation, large capital equipment purchases, and plant maintenance and repair agreements.

For more information, please contact mediarelations@gram.edu or call (318) 274-2866. To learn about open positions at Grambling State University, visit gram.edu/careers.

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 gram.edu.

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(318) 274-6286

GSU NOTICE: June Travel Mandate Immediately Effective

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Students, Faculty and Staff: UPDATED JUNE 30, 2020

Your health and safety are of utmost concern to Grambling State University. For this reason, the University is immediately implementing a campus-wide Travel Mandate through July 31, 2020 with the following mandatory tenets:

University-wide Travel Mandates:

  • All university-sponsored international and domestic travel is hereby prohibited;
  • Personal international travel is strongly discouraged by the CDC and Grambling State;
  • Effective immediately, the University requests student and staff to disclose travel plans, both international and domestic, through the GSU Registry of Personal Travel Form.

International Travel Regulations:

  • Grambling State strongly urges extreme caution and judgment for your personal international travel; should students or staff choose to engage in personal international travel, these persons will be required to complete a GSU Confidential Health Form and self-isolate until receiving further guidance from University Health Services.

Regulations for Inbound Travel and Visitors to Campus:

  • Anyone, including University affiliates and invited guests, who arrives on campus having visited or traveled through a location with a CDC levels 1-3 travel warning and areas of high-concentration for COVID-19, must complete a GSU Confidential Health Form and self-isolate until receiving further guidance from University Health Services. Visit the CDC website for current information on travel warnings and high-risk destinations.

Please keep in mind that your travel choices can have urgent impact on those you come in contact with upon arrival and return to Grambling State and other destinations.

Further information on the University’s COVID-19 Prevention and Response efforts are forthcoming. Follow @grambling1901 and check your email regularly for updates.

Grambling State to Gradually Reopen Campus for Employees

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Grambling State to Gradually Reopen Campus for Employees Beginning June 2020
University Personnel to Return to In-Person Work in Phases with Increased Safety Measures 

GRAMBLING, La – May 26, 2020 – Today, Grambling State announced plans to gradually resume on-campus work for team members beginning June 2020. Details of the University’s multi-phased reopening approach and new safety protocols will be made available to employees in the coming week.

“Taking this gradual approach to bring teams back to campus for work will help us ensure that every single team member becomes familiar with new campus-wide safety procedures,” said President Gallot. “As these safety protocols become normalized on campus, we hope the need for them will subside as we near the Fall semester and welcome back our students.”

The University has plans to implement such practices as mandatory temperature scans at pre-determined medical checkpoints as well as the use of face masks, hand sanitizing stations, and limited building entry points across campus.

“In addition to complying with all state and CDC regulations, we are keeping in mind the holistic wellness of our teams,” said Lori Williams, Grambling State’s Associate Vice President of Operations/CHRO. “Our team members have shown extreme resilience during this unprecedented set of circumstances. We are confident that our collective efforts can help keep campus safe during the transition.”

On March 23, 2020, the University announced the shift of remote capable employees to telework in accordance with the Governor’s initial Stay-at-Home Order. Following Governor Edward’s extension of the mandate, Grambling State’s telework arrangement was extended through May 30.

Grambling State’s Human Resources office works closely with Facilities Management and other key University departments to ensure that workspaces are conducive to social distancing and that employees have the tools needed to telework or take time off to care for dependents still affected by COVID-19. The gradual return to campus for work will consist of small groups of team members returning to their onsite work spaces in an order that best serves student and campus needs.

This announcement comes shortly after Governor Edwards approved a statewide reopening plan which began Friday, May 15. Statewide COVID-19 recovery plans have included the start of the Health Equity Task Force and the Resilient Louisiana Commission Task Force, both of which COVID-19 have Grambling State team members working to lead the charge to restoring health and normalcy to Louisiana communities.

The University of Louisiana System announced last week that all nine institutions, including GSU, were developing plans to welcome students safely back to their campuses for the upcoming fall semester.

For media interviews or more information about Grambling State University, contact mediarelations@gram.edu. To learn more about the University’s response and prevention planning for COVID-19, visit gram.edu/coronavirus.

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 gram.edu.

Grambling State Appoints Lori Williams as Associate Vice President for Operations & Chief Human Resources Officer

Former Texas A&M Senior Administrator to Assume Executive Leadership Role at Grambling State

Grambling State University announced that Lori Williams will be the new Associate Vice President for Operations & Chief Human Resources Officer starting, January 27, 2020.

“We are excited to welcome Ms. Williams to the executive team,” said Grambling State President Rick Gallot. “Her breadth of experience across collegiate and legal leadership provides a unique blend of insights that make her a great fit for this dynamic role.”

In this position, Williams will provide executive level direction for the University’s strategic investment in talent management and organizational transformation. Additionally, she will have executive oversight of Business Services, Risk Management, Title IX and Human Resources departments.

“In order to continue providing an exceptional educational experience for our students, we must source and retain top talent across all University departments,” said Executive Vice President Martin Lemelle. “Given Ms. Williams’ record of success and versatility, we are looking forward to having her lead this charge.”

About Lori Williams

Williams brings years of leadership in law, university athletics, and academics to Grambling State. Most recently, Williams served as Senior Associate Athletics Director and Senior Woman Administrator at Texas A&M University (TAMU). Prior to joining the Athletics Department, Williams served as TAMU’s first full-time Title IX Coordinator.

Before her return to the university setting, Williams was Vice President and Partner with the Michael L. Buckner Law Firm assisting clients with issues relating to intercollegiate athletics, risk management and higher education law.  Prior still, Williams served as the associate athletics director for risk management at the University of Kansas.

A long-time resident of Houston, Williams was formerly with the NCAA where she served as Director of Membership Services and was later named the Director of Academic Certification and review at the newly established NCAA Eligibility Center.

Prior to her stint with the NCAA, Williams was the assistant director of compliance and legal assistant to the associate commissioner at the Big 12 Conference in Dallas.

Licensed to practice law in the state of Texas, Williams earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration at Baylor University and her Doctorate of Jurisprudence from Texas Tech University School of Law.  Williams has also earned an associate of risk management designation from the American Institute of Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters.

For more information, please contact mediarelations@gram.edu or call (318) 274-2866. To learn about open positions at Grambling State University, visit gram.edu/careers.

Grambling State Hires New Chief of Police, Jerry Melton

Veteran Officer and Security Professional to Lead University Police Department 

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GRAMBLING, LA — October 3, 2019 – Today, Grambling State University officials announced Jerry Melton has been appointed the institution’s new Chief of the University Police Department, taking over for the Interim Chief Dr. Quentin Holmes who will continue to support the Division of Operations as Special Assistant for Campus Safety.  

 

“I’ve always admired the excellence exhibited by GSU students,” said Chief Melton. “I am committed to ensuring that each and every student has a positive and safe experience on our growing campus.” 

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GSU Spotlight: “Unc, I Want a Horn” –The World’s Newest Woman HBCU Band Director Started Her Band Career at Age 4

In honor of Grambling State University’s Band Camp, we’d like to share this “throwbuck” spotlight on how this one influential summer event changed the life of a Grambling State leader.

 image3“Every year from age 4 or 5, I attended band camp,” said Dr. Nikole Roebuck, the first woman director of Grambling State University’s World-Famed Tiger Marching Band. Dr. Roebuck is also the third woman in history to serve as Director of the Band at a historically black college and university (HBCU).

“For the first few years, they made me twirl the baton and march with the majorettes.”

“I remember this one day at camp sitting on the steps of Dunbar frustrated. I’m assuming someone had gone to find my Uncle to let him know what was going on,” Roebuck remembers. “[Her Uncle Joseph] comes outside to ask me what was wrong. My response was, ‘I don’t want to twirl the baton.’ When he asked, ‘Well what do you want you to do?’ I said, ‘Unc, I want a horn.’” Continue reading

Dr. Ellen Smiley to Continue Focus as Dean of the Earl Lester Cole Honors College

President names Dr. Connie Walton Interim Provost Effective May 11, 2019

GRAMBLING, LA – March 26, 2019 – Today, Dr. Ellen Smiley announced that she will resign her post as provost of Grambling State University and focus on her work as Dean of the Earl Lester Cole Honors College at the close of the current semester.

“We are fortunate to have dedicated leaders like Dr. Smiley who will continue to support our success in the Honors College and the College of Education,” said President Gallot.

President Rick Gallot announced that Dr. Connie Walton, the University’s Director of Sponsored Programs, will lead the Division of Academic Affairs and the University’s preparation for accreditation reaffirmation through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Dr. Walton previously served as Provost as well as SACSCOC liaison.

“Dr. Walton’s successes in the classroom, in sponsored programs, and in her accreditation work are great assets to our university,” said President Gallot . “We are grateful for her experience and commitment to our students.”

For more information, please contact mediarelations@gram.edu or call (318) 274-2866.

New Library Leadership at Grambling State: Adrienne C. Webber, Dean of the Digital Library and Learning Commons

_DSC2082In January 2019, Grambling State University brought on its first Dean of the Digital Library and Learning Commons, Adrienne C. Webber. Webber brings to the University 29 years of professional experience with more than 21 years of expertise managing library and information innovation. Continue reading