BATON ROUGE – The presidential search committees for Grambling State University and Northwestern State University will hold meetings and public forums next week. The Northwestern State University Presidential Search Committee will meet on the Natchitoches campus on Wednesday, May 7, at 1 p.m., and the Grambling State University Presidential Search Committee will meet on the Grambling campus on Thursday, May 8, at 9 a.m.
The purpose of each meeting and public forum is to go over the search committee charge, approve a draft advertisement and tentative timeline, as well as gather input from faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community members on their desired qualifications for a new president. All search committee meetings are open to the public.
“The University of Louisiana System has used a consistent approach to presidential searches for 13 years that is very open and inclusive. One of the most important aspects of this process is to gather input from the campus and community. I encourage all those interested in these searches to attend the meetings and voice your opinions,” said UL System President Sandra Woodley, who chairs both search committees.
The Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System launched the two campus presidential searches last week with the appointment of search committees by Board Chair E. Gerald “T-Boy” Hebert.
Below are meeting logistics and committee appointments for both presidential searches.
NORTHWESTERN STATE UNIVERSITY PRESIDENTIAL SEARCH
WHAT: Northwestern State University Presidential Search Committee Meeting and Public Forum
WHEN: 1 p.m., Wednesday, May 7, 2014
WHERE: Magale Recital Hall, Northwestern State University, Natchitoches, Louisiana
Voting members of the Northwestern Presidential Search Committee include UL System Board Members Edward Crawford III of Shreveport, Board Chair E. Gerald “T-Boy” Hebert of Kenner, Student Member Davante Lewis (until June), Jimmy Long, Sr. of Natchitoches, D. Wayne Parker of Choudrant, Mark Romero of Lafayette, Carl Shetler of Lake Charles, Robert Shreve of Baton Rouge, and Winfred Sibille of Sunset. Also serving as a voting member is Northwestern Faculty Senate President Massimo Bezoari.
Serving as advisory, non-voting members are Northwestern SGA President Kyla Winey, a junior mass communication major from Lafayette; Northwestern Foundation President Lola Dunahoe, a 1971 graduate in biology who works for The Dunahoe Law Firm in Natchitoches; and Northwestern Alumni Association President Joe Stamey, a 1983 graduate in accounting who is a partner in the Natchitoches-based Stamey and Miller Law Firm. UL System President Sandra Woodley serves as the non-voting committee chair.
GRAMBLING STATE UNIVERSITY PRESIDENTIAL SEARCH
WHAT: Grambling State University Presidential Search Committee Meeting and Public Forum
WHEN: 9 a.m., Thursday, May 8, 2014
WHERE: Betty E. Smith School of Nursing Auditorium, Grambling State University, Grambling, Louisiana
Voting members of the Grambling Presidential Search Committee include UL System Board Members Andre Coudrain of Hammond, Edward Crawford III of Shreveport, David Guidry of Natalbany, Board Chair E. Gerald “T-Boy” Hebert of Kenner, Student Member Davante Lewis (until June), Jimmy Long, Sr. of Natchitoches, Board Vice Chair Jimmie “Beau” Martin, Jr. of Cut Off, D. Wayne Parker of Choudrant, Mark Romero of Lafayette, and Winfred Sibille of Sunset. Also serving as a voting member is Grambling Faculty Senate President Herbert Simmons.
Serving as advisory, non-voting members are GSU SGA President-Elect Erik Johnson, a junior Kinesiology major and Army ROTC member from Dallas; Grambling University National Alumni Association President Melissa Bickham, a 1993 Computer Science graduate of Grambling State and a consultant based in Atlanta, Georgia; community representative Mildred Gallot, a 1959 graduate and retired GSU faculty member who authored A History of Grambling State University; and community representative Wilbert Ellis, also a 1959 graduate, former baseball coach and retired employee who worked at GSU for 50 years. UL System President Sandra Woodley serves as the non-voting committee chair.
ABOUT THE UL SYSTEM: The University of Louisiana System is the largest higher education system in Louisiana enrolling about 90,000 students at Grambling State University, Louisiana Tech University, McNeese State University, Nicholls State University, Northwestern State University, Southeastern Louisiana University, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, the University of Louisiana at Monroe, and the University of New Orleans.