- Associated Press - Friday, June 24, 2016

RUSTON, La. (AP) - Grambling State University President Willie Larkin has resigned at the University of Louisiana Board of Supervisors meeting on the Louisiana Tech University campus in Ruston.

Thursday’s announcement came following an executive session by the board to evaluate Larkin. Interim ULS President Dan Reneau said Larkin’s letter of resignation had been accepted.

In brief comments to the board, The News-Star reports (https://tnsne.ws/28ScJOW) the university president suggested he was not a quitter, but the time had come for him to leave. Larkin said he had enjoyed his time serving at the university and that “Grambling State University will succeed and it will survive.”

Larkin thanked the board and said he believes the school is heading in the right place. He also encouraged students, faculty and staff in their work at GSU.

The resignation came less than a year after Larkin took the helm at the university. The tumultuous tenure saw Larkin take the job on the heels of Grambling losing its nursing program.

There appeared to be a growing disconnect between some faculty members and the administration just months into his presidency. In February, Grambling’s Faculty Senate voted “no confidence” in Larkin, citing “a vague administrative response to pressing issues such as falling enrollment, fundraising and the loss of the school’s nursing program.”

In April, Larkin embarked on a five-year strategic plan for the university, asking for the school to be more transparent. The plan was met with mixed reaction, with some faculty members expressing concern about the process and proposed goals.

Larkin’s resignation is effective June 30.

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Information from: The News-Star, https://www.thenewsstar.com

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