University of Louisiana System may name interim Grambling president

The University of Louisiana System could name veteran HBCU administrator Cynthia Warrick as the interim president of Grambling State later this month.

System President Sandra Woodley is expected to recommend Warrick, who recently served a one-year term as interim president of South Carolina State University, also a historically black college, to the UL System Board of Supervisors at the board’s June 27 meeting in Baton Rouge.

If approved, she’ll take over July 1.

“While we search for a permanent leader for Grambling State, the university needs an interim president with the skills and expertise to address a variety of issues. Dr. Warrick has proven capable of enacting positive change in the face of significant challenges, and I believe she is the right person to move the university forward during this transitional period,” Woodley said in a statement.

Warrick has served as senior fellow for the Center for Minority Health Services Research at Howard University’s College of Pharmacy since 2009.

She previously held positions at Elizabeth City State University in North Carolina, Florida A&M University and the University of Texas School of Public Health in Houston.

She has degrees from George Mason University, Georgia Institute of Technology and Howard University.

“I look forward to joining the Grambling family in the pursuit of continued service to students, faculty, staff and proud alumni in Louisiana and throughout the world,” Warrick said in a statement. “As an HBCU alumna, I am both excited and humbled by the opportunity to serve this outstanding institution that has a legacy of excellence in higher education and athletics, but also in life.”

In April, Grambling President Frank Pogue announced plans to retire June 30.

The university has faced financial struggles in recent years.

Grambling drew national attention in the fall when its football team went on strike amid complaints over rundown facilities and equipment, far-away road games and the firing of coach Doug Williams.

The UL System is in the process of securing a permanent leader for the university. A search committee held its first meeting on the north Louisiana campus May 8. Voting members include system supervisors, the UL System student board member and a Grambling faculty leader, plus additional advisory, non-voting members from the campus community.

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