RUSTON, LA (KSLA) - Grambling State University President Willie Larkin has resigned after than less than a year on the job.
Larkin turned his resignation in Thursday at the University of Louisiana Board of Supervisors meeting on the Louisiana Tech University campus in Ruston.
"If I were a newspaper reporter, I'd probably start the lead of the article off like this, 'Dr. Willie D. Larkin, President Grambling State University is not a quitter,' Dr. Larkin told the board. "But, there comes a time and place where decisions have to be made. I have 4 wonderful grandsons in Minnesota, and they need their grandpa to come and spend some time with them."
"I have enjoyed the opportunity to lead this venerable university. Grambling State University will succeed, and it will survive." I will always be a cheerleader for this institution. I came here by choice, and I had an opportunity to lead. I think the university is headed in the right place."
Larkin went on to thank the board for allowing him to serve, offered encouraging words to students and faculty and thanked loyal members of his administration, adding, "I want to say to those individuals that maybe had some other ideas for the direction of the university, support your leader. Support the person that comes here as president. Here's my last statement: Mr. James Bradford, please leave Grambling State University alone."
That final comment was apparently in reference to former Grambling University National Alumni Association and current Jackson Parish Chapter President James Bradford.
Interim President Dr. Daniel D. Reneau Jr. along with the board accepted Larkin's resignation, according to Cami Geisman, Assistant V.P. of Communications for University of La. Systems. Bradford and the alumni association was among the plaintiffs in a lawsuit filed in 2006 against GSU, ULS and others over disagreements with the university's direction at the time.
Larkin will work through the end of June.
Geisman said she cannot comment further on Larkin's resignation because it is a personnel issue.