Thursday, April 18, 2024

Grambling State University Presidential Search Committee Identifies Six Semifinalists

by BIZ Magazine

The Grambling State University Presidential Search Committee has chosen six semifinalists to interview for the position.

Committee Chair and System President Rick Gallot expressed satisfaction, stating, “I am pleased with the impressive talent and diverse experience demonstrated by our applicants. We eagerly anticipate meeting the candidates on campus in the coming weeks and recommending finalists who embody the experience and drive to lead Grambling into its next era of success.”

The six semifinalists are:

  • Gregory Ford, Tenured Associate Professor of Biology, Southern University at New Orleans
  • Martin Lemelle, Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, Maryland Institute College of Art
  • Markey Pierre, Vice Chancellor of External Affairs and Chief of Staff, LSU Health Shreveport
  • Edwin Smith, Senior Director, Alliances and Channels, London Stock Exchange Group
  • Roderick Smothers, Executive Director and Professor of Education, Center for the Study and Preservation of HBCUs, Virginia Union University
  • Monica Williams, Foundation President/CEO & Vice President of Advancement, University of North Texas at Dallas

The committee is scheduled to interview the semifinalists on Grambling’s campus on Feb. 6-7, with opportunities for student, faculty, staff, and community involvement. The final selection for the next Grambling president will be made by the full Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System on Feb. 22.

Chairing the Grambling Presidential Search Committee is UL System President and CEO Rick Gallot as a non-voting member. Voting members include Grambling Faculty Senate President Gary Poe and UL System Board Members Jimmy Clarke, Elizabeth Pierre, Barry Busada, Steve Davison, Lola Dunahoe, Al Perkins, Virgil Robinson, and Bailey Willis.

Non-voting community members are David Aubrey, Alvin Bradley, James Bradford, Wilbert “Coach” Ellis, Alexa Johnson, Fredrick L. Pinkney, Tammy Richardson, and Rodney Welch.

For additional information on the search, including a video of the meeting, visit Grambling Presidential Search.

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