Panel invites five candidates to interview for Grambling Presidency

ULS Board scheduled to name President Thursday on GSU campus

BATON ROUGE – The Grambling State University Presidential Search Committee today selected five candidates to interview next week for Grambling’s top post.
Interviews will take place Tuesday and Wednesday on the Grambling campus, with the Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System announcing its choice around noon on Thursday, June 4.
The five semi-finalists for President of Grambling include:

  • W. Wayne Brumfield (Ph.D. – Louisiana State University), Former Vice President for Student Affairs, the University of Louisiana at Monroe
  • Thomas J. Calhoun, Jr. (Ph.D. – University of Washington), Vice President for Enrollment Management, University of North Alabama  
  • Glenda F. Carter (Ph.D. – University of Michigan), Executive Vice President and Provost and Professor of Education, Wiley College
  • Willie D. Larkin (Ph.D. – Ohio State University), Chief of Staff, Office of the President, Morgan State University  
  • Gilbert L. Rochon (Ph.D. – Massachusetts Institute of Technology), President’s Council, University of New Orleans (former President, Tuskegee University)

Candidate applications can be downloaded from the UL System website here
Candidates will sit for public interviews Tuesday and Wednesday on Grambling’s campus. The Search Committee will meet at 8 a.m. Thursday to narrow the field of candidates from five to two. Finalists will interview with the UL System Board in a public meeting at 11 a.m. The board is expected to announce a decision around noon Thursday.
UL System staff will release details of the interview schedule when it is available. All public interviews will be videotaped and made available on the Grambling Presidential Search website. Members of the public can submit questions by writing the search committee at by midnight Monday June 1, 2015. In addition to public interviews, candidates will meet with Grambling faculty, staff and students.
“It was very difficult to narrow the list of candidates from eight down to five, because all of the candidates were very strong, and for that, we applaud the The Hollins Group for providing such excellent choices. We are delighted to have the opportunity next week to interact with each of these higher education leaders to select Grambling’s next President,” said UL System President Sandra Woodley, committee chair.
Grambling Faculty Senate President Herbert Simmons, a voting member of the committee, commended the committee and consultants for “a process that certainly has led us to a good end.” He thanked fellow committee members for working “to get the best for Grambling.”
Voting members of the Grambling Presidential Search Committee include UL System Board members Edward Crawford, III of Shreveport, Kelly Faircloth of Pineville, David Guidry of Natalbany, Board Chair E. Gerald “T-Boy” Hebert of Kenner, student board member Adam Lefort of Nicholls State University, Jimmy Long, Sr. of Natchitoches, Board Vice Chair Jimmie “Beau” Martin, Jr. of Cut Off, Shawn Murphy of Jonesboro, Mark Romero of Lafayette, and Winfred Sibille of Sunset. Recently-appointed student member to the board, Maggie Brakeville of Louisiana Tech University, will become a voting member when her term begins on June 1. Also serving as a voting member is Grambling Faculty Senate President Herbert Simmons.
Serving as advisory, non-voting members are Grambling National Alumni Association President Melissa Bickham; Grambling SGA President Jonathan Wallace; and Grambling community representatives Howard Davis, Wilbert Ellis and Mildred Gallot. UL System President Sandra Woodley serves as non-voting committee chair.
The UL System has established a page on its website at for information about the Grambling Presidential Search. Questions and comments can be emailed to









Photo caption:  UL System President Sandra Woodley, with former Grambling
National Alumni President James Bradford, after the Committee’s announcement