- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 29, 2016

GRAMBLING, La. (AP) - The University of Louisiana System has appointed Leon Sanders, vice president of finance and administration at Grambling State University, will act as the person in charge at the university following the resignation of President Willie Larkin.

The UL system made the announcement Tuesday.

The News-Star reports (http://tnsne.ws/292yfAm) the system is accepting applications and nominations to fill the president’s seat at Grambling State University.

Larkin’s resignation is effective June 30, and Sanders begins handling operations July 1. As the person in charge, Sanders will coordinate with the system on all personnel, academic and financial decisions.

The UL System Board of Supervisors will discuss the selection of Grambling’s next president at a July 26 meeting in Baton Rouge. The special meeting was called to interview UL System president finalists and will now also provide an opportunity to review applications for the president’s position.

Cami Geisman, assistant vice president for communications at UL System, said a new GSU president may be chosen at the meeting.

“We are currently accepting applications as well as nominations,” Geisman said. “Depending on the quality of candidates, we hope to do interviews at the July 26 meeting in Baton Rouge with the intention to fill the position of president that day.”

When Larkin was selected as GSU president in June 2015 after a multimonth search, the Hollins Group, a search firm, recommended candidates who were then interviewed by a search committee.

Geisman said the UL System is acting quickly in the hopes of having someone in place as close to the start of the fall semester as possible. Since the system is not engaging a third-party firm, Geisman said candidates can be reviewed as applications arrive.

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