UL board to discuss search for next leader of Grambling State

UL board to discuss search for next leader of Grambling State

GRAMBLING, LA (KSLA) - The next step in the selection of Grambling State University's 13th president will occur July 26.

That's when the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors will meet in Baton Rouge to discuss, among other things, the selection process. The board already had a special meeting set for that date to interview UL System president finalists.

The board is looking to replace former Grambling State President Willie Larkin, who submitted his resignation during the panel's meeting June 23 at Louisiana Tech University in Ruston.

At the time, Larkin told board members: "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 comment apparently referenced former Grambling University National Alumni Association President James Bradford, who now leads the association's Jackson Parish chapter. Bradford and the alumni association are among those who sued the UL System, Grambling State and others in 2006 over disagreements about the university's direction at the time.

Larkin, who had been on the job less than a year, was scheduled to work through the end of June.

Bidding to succeed Larkin are 7 applicants. (Click on the applicant's name to view his or her application).

Paul A. Bryant, associate provost of enrollment management at Albany State University in Albany, Ga.,

Carlos R. Clark, special assistant to the president for accreditation at Arkansas Baptist College in Little Rock, Ark.,

Audrey M. Freeman, principal/executive director at Bluford Drew Jemison STEM Academy, Middle-High School in Baltimore, Md.,

Richard J. Gallot Jr., an attorney in Ruston and a former Louisiana state senator and representative,

Angelia Young Jones, an adjunct professor of political science at Prairie View A&M University in Prairie View, Texas,

Donnovon L. Outten, associate vice president of academic affairs at Webster University in Webster Groves, Mo., and,

Dessie Mae Sanders, a 9th-grade English and literature teacher at Uplift Education at Summit International Prepatory High School in Arlington, Texas, who also is a great niece of Grambling State founder Charles P. Adams.

The UL System board has said it is seeking a Grambling State president who will inspire trust and confidence and move the school toward continued productive change. The board also says that, although not required, each applicant should have:

  • an earned doctorate from an accredited institution (preferred)
  • successful senior experience in an institution of higher education or in other disciplines
  • strength in fiscal management and philanthropy
  • the ability to inspire students and faculty and staff members to expand their knowledge and understanding in a multicultural, global society
  • a commitment to supporting and embracing diversity
  • an appreciation for the issues and commitment to the challenges of a research university
  • a commitment to seeking university support through public and private resources
  • the ability to be innovative and an agent for change
  • a commitment to athletics
  • excellent communication skills and a demonstrated ability to work in an environment of collegiality and shared decision-making
  • extensive experience in developing collaborative educational partnerships with community and business leaders
  • an appreciation for the arts and unique culture of the area
  • the ability and desire to maintain open communication with the faculty and staff members, students and alumni
  • the ability to be entrepreneurial, progressive and holistic
  • the ability to be a strong advocate for Grambling State at the state, regional and national levels
  • an appreciation and understanding of quality-of-life issues
  • the ability and desire to remain as Grambling State president for several years, and,
  • a desire to maintain strong professional relations with state, regional and local elected officials.

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