MEDIA ADVISORY: Second Public Forum on Grambling Presidential Search to be Held Next Week

MEDIA ADVISORY: Second Public Forum on Grambling Presidential Search to be Held Next Week – Jan 29, 2004

GRAMBLING, La. – The search committee for a new Grambling State University president will hold its second public forum next Thursday on the Grambling campus.

What: Public Forum for the Grambling Presidential Search
When: 10:30 a.m. to Noon, Thursday, Feb. 5
Where: Nursing School Auditorium

The search committee will meet in the same building, immediately after the forum.

The Grambling presidential search will be similar to previous national searches conducted in recent years at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, the University of Louisiana at Monroe and Nicholls State University in Thibodaux. Those searches featured open public meetings and candidate interviews and encouraged public participation.

Some 300 people participated in the initial public forum on Jan. 21 on the Grambling campus.

Serving on the Grambling presidential search committee as voting members are University of Louisiana System Board members Gordon Pugh, Elsie Burkhalter, Wayne Parker, Jennifer Porter (student member), Walter Rhodes, Carl Shetler and David Wright, as well as Grambling Faculty Senate President Ellen Smiley. Serving in an advisory, non-voting capacity are Grambling Student Government Association President Adonis Ducre, Grambling Alumnus Clifton Lemelle, and Lincoln Parish District Attorney and Board of Regents member Robert Levy. UL System President Sally Clausen chairs the committee.

Acting President Neari Warner, long considered a contender for the permanent presidency, announced recently that she will retire in June, leaving the field open. By virtue of her office, she will act as an adviser to the search committee.

A web page (at has been dedicated to the search. It contains information about the university, search announcements, news, candidates’ resumes and other information. It also has contact information for anyone wanting to submit comments or questions to the search committee.