- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 26, 2016

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Latest on the selection of a new president for Grambling State University (all times local):

3:45 p.m.

Former state lawmaker Rick Gallot (GAL’-oh) has been chosen 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.

Gallot was selected Tuesday 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.



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.

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9 a.m.

The University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors has nominated two people as final candidates for the Grambling State University presidency.

The News-Star reports (https://tnsne.ws/2auxPoy ) the finalists are former state Rep. Rick Gallot, who’s also an attorney and member of the Cleco Corp. board of directors, and Gilbert Rochon, former president of Tuskegee University.

Both finalists will address the board Tuesday, during its meeting in Baton Rouge.

The men are seeking to replace former President Willie Larkin, who resigned June 30.

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

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