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Grambling State University President Frank Pogue announces retirement

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GSU President Frank Pogue  (File photo, Oct. 2013) GSU President Frank Pogue (File photo, Oct. 2013)
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GRAMBLING, LA (KSLA) -

Grambling State University President Frank Pogue has announced his retirement after 5 years at the helm of the university.

According to a statement released Friday morning, Pogue is retiring, effective June 30.

In that statement, Pogue is quoted as saying, "A lot has been accomplished, and a lot of good things are still happening at Grambling State University, but it is time for someone else to lead this fine institution."

Pogue said he has discussed the timing of his departure for a few months, and that he informed Sandra Woodley, president of the University of Louisiana System on Wednesday that he was stepping down effective.

He said he will help prepare for a presidential transition.

Pogue was appointed interim president of GSU in December 2009, and became the university's eighth president 6 months later when the Board of Supervisors of the Louisiana System formally dropped "interim" from this title.

Pogue acknowledged that the last few years have been challenging as the university's state funding was cut by more than 56 percent. Still, he emphasized, there were – and there continue to be – many good things happening at GSU.

Pogue says he and his wife Dorothy will be moving to their home in Delaware to be closer to their daughter and grandchildren, and plans to return to academic consulting.

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