MEDIA ADVISORY: Final Interviews, Decision on Grambling President to Take Place Next Week

MEDIA ADVISORY: Final Interviews, Decision on Grambling President to Take Place Next Week – Mar 18, 2004

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BATON ROUGE, La. – Final interviews for the Grambling State University presidency are scheduled for next Thursday afternoon, with the Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System expected to make a decision during its regular meeting the following day.

Both the interviews and the UL System Board meeting will take place in Room 100 of the Claiborne Building in Baton Rouge. All of the action will be carried via web-video broadcast, accessible through the UL System website at The public is invited to attend.

Here is the Thursday, March 25 interview schedule. All times listed are Central Standard Time:

1 p.m.: Melvin Johnson (D.B.A., Indiana University); Provost and Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs, Winston-Salem State University

2:30 p.m.: Horace Judson (Ph.D., Cornell University); Senior Fellow, American Association of State Colleges and Universities; former president, Plattsburgh State University

4 p.m.: Rodney Smith (Ed.D., Harvard University); President and Chief Executive Officer, Ramapo College of New Jersey

In accordance with Board rules, UL System President Sally Clausen will make a recommendation to the Board, and the Board will either accept or reject the recommendation. Both will occur during the Board’s regular meeting at 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 26.

The three finalists were among seven contenders for the position who sat for public interviews on the Grambling campus last week. All were among a pool of 49 leaders of higher education and business who applied for the top job in response to a national search.

After holding the temporary position for three years, Acting President Neari Warner announced in January that she would retire rather than seek the permanent presidency.

For more information and photos of the candidates, visit the UL System website at Click on the GSU search “more info” icon.

Note to Broadcasters: In addition to the web-video broadcast, there will be a satellite feed of Friday’s announcement. You will be notified of the satellite coordinates when they become available.