A Message from Search Committee Chair Sandra K. Woodley – 10-27-14


Updates on the Grambling State University Presidential Search.
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A Message from Search Committee Chair Sandra K. Woodley:

UL System President Sandra K. Woodley

October 27, 2014

Last week, the committee charged with selecting a new Grambling State University president met in Baton Rouge and approved the updated advertisement and timeline.  That detailed scheduled is included below.

I am also happy to report that we have engaged the services of international search firm, The Hollins Group, to assist in securing the best president for Grambling State. 

Founded in 1988, The Hollins Group has conducted over 600 executive level searches.  Most recently, they assisted in the placement of a new chancellor for Elizabeth City State University in North Carolina and the NAACP’s new President and CEO Cornell Brooks.  Lawrence Hollins, President of The Hollins Group, is heading up the team of search consultants for Grambling State University.

The purpose of a search firm is to assist the committee by recruiting qualified candidates and processing all applications.  With a search firm now in place, advertisements will begin running nationally in the coming months. 

We are excited to move forward with this very important presidential search, and we welcome your continued engagement and support!

Dr. Sandra K. Woodley, President
University of Louisiana System


Founded in 1988, The Hollins Group is a global retained executive search and professional services firm. The Hollins Group, Inc. is a Glasford International Partner (America | EMEA | Asia-Pacific).  Their experienced consultants offer unique recruiting and assessment solutions to meet select clients’ most critical leadership needs. The Hollins Group’s exclusive focus is placing top level executive and management leaders across a variety of disciplines at the world’s leading publicly traded and privately held corporations, nonprofit organizations and educational institutions.

Lawrence I. Hollins, Founder/President
Derrick E. Buckingham, Senior Vice President and Managing Director
Allen L. Sessoms, Senior Vice President
Carol A. Bullock, Director
Tiffany D. Olson, Director


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October 23, 2014
Search Committee meeting

December 2014 – February 2015
Advertisements to run in national and local publications

February 13, 2015
Preferred date for nominations and applications

February 26 or 27, 2015
Search Committee meeting to select semi-finalists

Week of March 16, 2015
Interviews with semi-finalists to occur on the Grambling campus

April 9 or 10, 2015
Special meeting of the UL System Board in Baton Rouge to interview finalists and select the new president

*Dates subject to change

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