Grambling State University, a historically Black educational institution in Louisiana, announced on June 4 that Willie D. Larkin will be its next president. The university, in northern Louisiana, enrolls about 4,100 undergraduates and 900 graduate students.
Willie D. Larkin is the chief of staff at Morgan State University in Baltimore. He has held that post since 2012. He formerly served as chief of staff for the University of Wisconsin Colleges and Extension.
Dr. Larkin holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Tuskegee University in Alabama. He holds a Ph.D. in agricultural education from Ohio State University.
Frank G. Pogue stepped down as president of Grambling in June 2014 after four years on the job. Cynthia Warrick, who earlier was a senior fellow at the Center for Minority Health Services Research in the College of Pharmacy at Howard University in Washington, D.C., has been serving as interim president for nearly a year. Last November, the Faculty Senate at Grambling State University approved a resolution of “no confidence” in Dr. Warrick’s leadership and called for her dismissal.