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GRAMBLING, La. (KNOE 8 News) - KNOE 8 News has learned Friday morning that Grambling State University President Frank Pogue will retire, effective June 30th.

University Media Spokesperson Will Sutton confirmed the retirement in a brief email sent out Friday morning at 10:30 AM.

KNOE 8 News is working on this developing story and will have more details here at KNOE.COM and on KNOE 8 News at Noon.

Statement from Frank G. Pogue, Ph.D. President, Grambling State University:


The Board of Supervisors of the University of Louisiana System confirmed my appointment as interim president of Grambling State University on December 15, 2009. After serving in this capacity for six months, the board changed my title to president on July 1, 2010. I was thrilled to accept the invitation to serve this historic and most visible institution of high quality education.

At the time of my official appointment, I promised the system president, the ULS board, faculty, staff, students, alumni and others that I would serve five years. I am in that fifth year as president.

On Wednesday (April 2), I informed Dr. Sandy Woodley, president of the University of Louisiana System, that I would retire from my position as president of Grambling State University, effective June 30.

Many wonderful things continue to happen at this 113-year-old institution, where seven of my presidential predecessors served notable terms and left Grambling State University a better place than they found it. I promise to continue this tradition.

There is much to be done, and my commitment is to work even harder during the remaining months --with Dr. Woodley and all university constituents and stakeholders -- to ensure that Grambling State University is prepared for new presidential leadership.

Let's continue working together to convert all challenges into opportunities and to prepare Grambling State University for the illustrious future it deserves. That's what has been done for more than 100 years. There's no reason to stop now. Let's continue with these upcoming celebrations:

Official University News Release:

Grambling State University President Pogue announces that he is retiring, for the fourth time in his professional career, effective June 30

GRAMBLING, La. (April 4, 2014)— Grambling State University President Frank G. Pogue has announced that he has resigned and he is scheduled to work his last day at the university on June 30. "A lot has been accomplished, and a lot of good things are still happening at Grambling State University," said Pogue, "but it is time for someone else to lead this fine institution."

In a prepared statement released to the media and the Grambling State University community, Pogue, who started his tenure as the GSU president as a temporary job to help the institution with a transition, became the permanent president six months after starting. Grambling State University has such a historic past, and a strong future, and I am honored that I have had this wonderful opportunity to follow a number of strong GSU leaders," said Pogue.

The president said he has discussed the timing of his departure for a few months, and he said he informed Sandra Woodley, president of the University of Louisiana System, Wednesday that he was stepping down effective June 30. He said he will help prepare for a presidential transition.

The Board of Supervisors of the University of Louisiana System confirmed Pogue's appointment as interim president of Grambling State University on December 15, 2009.  The job became permanent on July 1, 2010 when the board officially changed his title, dropping the word "interim" and making him GSU's eighth president.  "I was thrilled to accept the invitation to serve this historic and visible institution," recalled Pogue.

Pogue acknowledged that the last few years have been challenging as the university's state funding was cut by more than 56 percent. Still, he emphasized, there were – and there continue to be – many good things happening at GSU. Pogue said he and first lady Dorothy Pogue will move to their home in Delaware, near their daughter and their two grandsons. He said he will return to his academic consulting work, retiring for good after retiring three times before this retirement announcement. "I promised Dot that this would be it," he said.

From: Grambling State University website:

Dr. Frank G. Pogue, Ph.D.

Dr. Frank G. Pogue was appointed as the eighth President of Grambling State University in June 2010, after serving for seven months as interim president. Dr. Pogue is a highly respected educator and administrator with a wealth of experience as an agent of positive institutional change and advancement.

Dr. Pogue has had a long and distinguished 47-year career in higher education. When he was selected as president of Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 1996, he became the first African American to serve as president of a historically white university in Pennsylvania. 
When he retired from Edinboro in 2007, the University paid tribute to his extraordinary leadership by naming its newly constructed student center in his honor. His outstanding accomplishments also earned him the title of President Emeritus of Edinboro University. 

Dr. Pogue has been identified as the catalyst behind the grievance-to-graciousness transformation on the Edinboro University campus facilitated by his student-centered approach to campus and community leadership and his open and nurturing leadership style. He has been lauded for increasing graduate enrollment, improving campus facilities, fundraising and his campus-wide contributions to the growth and advancement of academic programs. 

After his retirement from Edinboro, Dr. Pogue served as interim president of Chicago State University (2008-2009). Over the course of his career, Dr. Pogue has held several other prominent academic positions, including: Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Special Programs at State University of New York (1986-1996); Interim President of State University of New York at Cobleskill (1992-1993); Vice President for Student Affairs at State University of New York at Albany (1983-1996); Senior Medical Research Associate at Meharry Medical College; Founder and Director of Afro-American Studies, Chatham College; and Dean of Students at Philander Smith College in Little Rock. 
Dr. Pogue has published extensively and is a member of numerous professional and social organizations.  He is a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity and a true exemplification of academic excellence, integrity, and personal achievement of the brotherhood. 

Dr. Pogue earned a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Pittsburgh, a master's degree in sociology from Atlanta University, a bachelor's degree in sociology from Alabama State University.

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