Grambling State University
Grambling State University emerged from the desire of African-American farmers in rural north Louisiana who wanted to educate Black children in the northern and western parts of the state. The 375-acre campus is nestled in the heart of Grambling, Louisiana, a small but growing community located in Lincoln Parish. The University is five miles west of Ruston and is within easy driving distance of the large cities of Shreveport and Monroe.
Grambling State University combines all the strengths of a major university with the personality of a small college, thereby allowing students to grow and learn in a serene and positive environment. The campus houses students in its 19 residence halls, enhances and promotes student life through its impressive student union and bookstore, and appeals to other areas of life and improvement through buildings such as the dining hall, library, intramural center, and health center. More than 800 courses and 68 degree programs are offered at Grambling. There are five colleges, including an honors college, two professional schools, a graduate school, and a Division of Continuing Education. National and local employers recruit graduates from Grambling’s excellent nursing, computer science, teacher education, and other programs.
A wide variety of student clubs and organizations at Grambling ensure that every student will find an activity of interest. Honor societies, sports, art, religion, politics, and Greek organizations are just a few of the organizations that appeal to a diverse group of students. As a member of one of Grambling’s student organizations, students learn to give of themselves while participating in worthwhile campus and community projects.
One of the most popular campus organizations is the Tiger Marching Band, touted as the number one collegiate show band in the world. Formed in 1926 by President R.W.E. Jones, the Mighty Tiger Marching Band has become a household name. The band has been featured in television ads, the major motion picture Drumline, appeared as guest entertainment on televisions shows, and entertained Liberian President William R. Tolbert at his 1972 inauguration. In 1999, the band was selected to represent the Pageantry of Bands section of the NCAA Hall of Fame. Through an impressive list of accomplishments and honors, the Grambling Tiger Band has become known as “The Best In The Land.”
Intercollegiate athletics has also made Grambling State University a household name among national universities. The football program has been successful in landing prominent a coaching staff over the years. Professional football player, Doug Williams, a Super Bowl Most Valuable Player, served as head football coach, succeeding Coach Eddie Robinson, the “winningest coach in the history of football.” Known as the “Cradle of Pros,” Grambling also produced the first black football player in the NFL and the first black quarterback to start in the NFL.
Richard J. Gallot, Jr., PRESIDENT
Richard J. Gallot, Jr. was appointed as the tenth Presidentof Grambling State University effective August 1, 2016 by University of Louisiana System.
Gallot stated, “My lifelong roots in the Grambling community, combined with my record of serving this university and community as an attorney, City Councilman, State Representative, and State Senator provide the type of leadership needed at this critical time. I do believe the core and “brand” of GSU remain strong and with the right leadership, we can achieve the stability and growth that we all know is possible. Higher education in Louisiana faces challenges unlike any time in our past. The relationships I’ve built over the past 15 years with the Governor, legislature, congressional leaders and corporate sector will serve Grambling State University well. Furthermore, my service on the Board of Directors at CLECO has provided valuable training and experience in organizational governance.”