Grambling State University

Dr. Willie Larkin is leaning on his experiences in motivational speaking to rally the Grambling State University student body.  Larkin was named the ninth president of Grambling late Thursday afternoon.

"I'm really impressed with the students," says Larkin, "I can tell they are focused and committed to their education."  The chief of staff to the president of Morgan State University reveals that becoming president at a university had been a long-time goal. But, he says, he wanted it to be at a university with a strong history and tradition.

Will More College Football Teams Rebel?

Nov 13, 2013

The football players at Grambling State staged a boycott last month that forced the school to forfeit one of its games.

Among the issues the players complained about were poor facilities and long bus trips to games. The school pledged to work on those issues.

If you're not a big college football fan, you may have missed the story of an unprecedented player revolt.

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The Grambling State University Tiger Marching Band will represent Louisiana in January at the parade honoring the inauguration of President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.

The parade is set for Jan. 21 in Washington.

The News-Star reports the Grambling band marched in parades for the inaugural parades of presidents Jimmy Carter and George W. Bush in addition to the 2009 inaugural of Obama.

Graduates from Southern University's two-year college in Shreveport will now be able to earn a four-year business degree at Grambling State University.

The two colleges announced this new option Tuesday.

Graduates from Southern's Shreveport campus with an associate's degree in business management, event management or accounting can enroll in Grambling State's four-year bachelor's business degree program.

The colleges say all course credits obtained at Southern will be accepted toward the four-year degree.

Willis-Knighton Health Systems has donated $205,000 to Grambling State University.

The News-Star reports that Grambling President Frank G. Pogue says the funds will be used to help attract high-level faculty for the university's health care programs.

Willis-Knighton is the region's largest health care firm.

Pogue says the total could grow to $325,000 with additional contributions by the state.

Willis-Knighton Health Systems President and CEO James Elrod says the donation will create three endowed professorships in the health sciences.