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GRAMBLING, La. (KNOE 8 News/GSU Press Office) Grambling State University President Frank G. Pogue joins University of Louisiana System President Sandra Woodley in welcoming Cynthia Warrick as the university’s interim president designee.

Woodley announced Thursday afternoon that she has selected Warrick, a senior fellow at the Howard University Center for Minority Health Services Research in Washington, D.C., for the position of interim president of GSU, pending approval by the ULS Board of Supervisors at the board’s Baton Rouge meeting on June 27. The system announcement said Warrick would lead the university as the system continues a national search for a permanent president. Warrick was interim president at South Carolina State University in the 2012-13 academic year, leading that state’s only public historically black university.

“Dr. Warrick has an outstanding academic research and funding reputation, and we welcome her as she becomes a part of the Grambling State University family and its new leader,” said Pogue, who officially retires on June 30. “She will bring outstanding academic and leadership approaches. I welcome the opportunity to work with Dr. Warrick to provide this historic institution with a good, positive transition before I leave and as she starts a new era at Grambling State University.”

Pogue said he has started working on a draft schedule he will review with Warrick with the goal of having several days of one-on-one, president-to-president meetings and key executive meetings. “She will find Gramblinites to be just as warm and welcoming as they were to me when I arrived on campus in 2009,” added Pogue.

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