- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 26, 2016

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Former state lawmaker Rick Gallot was chosen Tuesday as the new president of Grambling State University.

Gallot, who served in the state House and the state Senate, is a Grambling alumnus and an attorney who practices in Ruston. He was selected by the University of Louisiana System board.

The Advocate reports (https://bit.ly/2abU6VN) that many alumni at the meeting complained that the decision was made too quickly - 26 days after former president Willie Larkin resigned.

Tyrone Davis, the 1975 Grambling State class president, told the board of supervisors that it was “unacceptable” to rush the selection of a new president and abandon protocols that typically call for a national search.

Interim UL System President Dan Reneau suggested that the reason for the quick turn-around in selecting a new president was because of an urgency to provide leadership for the university which has suffered from loss of dollars and dwindling enrollment.



“Grambling is in serious trouble,” Reneau said. “It’s had leadership problems, there have been 10 presidents in 25 years. That’s not stability… To me, a long drawn out process of a national search firm over the past years has not worked.”

Larkin stepped down June 30 after a scheduled job performance review with the Board of Supervisors. He spent less than one year at the helm of the school.

Gallot was one of two finalists considered for the presidency of the historically black university. The other was Gilbert Rochon, a former president of Tuskegee University.

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Information from: The Advocate, https://theadvocate.com

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