The board of supervisors of the University of Louisiana System named Richard J. Gallot, Jr. as the tenth president of historically Black Grambling State University. Earlier this summer, Willie Larkin was forced out as president of Grambling after less than one year in office.
Gallot is a former Louisiana state senator and state representative. He served three terms in the House and one term in the Senate. He did not seek reelection in 2015.
President Gallot stated that “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.”
President Gallot is a 1987 graduate of Grambling State University. He earned a juris doctorate at the Southern University Law Center in 1990.