Influential State group chooses GSU President Rick Gallot

Courtesy: University Communications I Grambling State University
Courtesy: University Communications I Grambling State University

GRAMBLING, La. (KNOE) - The Committee of 100 for Economic Development Inc. has selected Grambling State University President Rick Gallot as a member.

The prestigious organization is an independent, non-government, business roundtable of Louisiana senior corporate executives and university leaders working to achieve a positive impact on state business and economic development.

The business roundtable is an organization to which government, policy, and media leaders turn for reliable, nonpartisan policy guidance providing access to some of the critical thinkers in business and academia in Louisiana.

“Rick brings a special talent and great experience as a former legislator to the Committee of 100 that will be important to our purpose in making Louisiana a better place for our citizens and for business and industry,” said James Henderson, president of the University of Louisiana System that includes Grambling State University and nine other higher education institutions.

Gallot said he is pleased that he was asked to join the influential group and looks forward to being a part of serious discussions about the future of business and education in the state.

“Institutions like Grambling State University are an important part of the business fabric in this state, and being a part of The Committee guarantees that the GSU voice will be heard and we can influence what happens in this great state,” said Gallot.

The Committee is engaged in seeking fiscal reform measures to make Louisiana a more competitive business environment for existing businesses as well as recruiting new business and industry to Louisiana. Gallot is a good addition in part because of his rich professional experiences. He served one term as a member of the Louisiana State Senate and three terms in the Louisiana House of Representatives. In the senate, he represented State Senate District 29, including portions of Bienville, Grant, Jackson, Lincoln, Natchitoches, Rapides and Winn parishes. During his first two terms in the state house, he served on the House and Governmental Affairs, Civil Law, Judiciary and Environment committees. During his final term, he served as chairman of the House and Governmental Affairs Committee and served on the House Executive Committee and the Legislative Budgetary Control Council. Before serving in the Louisiana Legislature, Gallot was a member of the Grambling City Council and an attorney and owner of the Gallot Law Office in Ruston, LA. He received the Lincoln Parish Outstanding Young Person's Award from the Ruston Jaycees in 1998 and was recognized by the Shreveport Times as one of the 10 Leaders of the New Century in Northwest Louisiana in 2001. President Gallot is married to the former Christy Cox, and they have four sons