New GSU president shares his goals for the university

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GRAMBLING, La. (KNOE 8 News) - From moving boxes to making phone calls, Grambling State University's new President Rick Gallot is getting ready to take over.

"I'm real excited that I now can use number one the education that I received at Grambling as well as my legal training and my service in the house and senate," says Gallot.

He is a former state senator and has a law office in Ruston.

"I think that's what I bring to the table to be the spokesman for Grambling to be able to promote the positive things that we are doing at the university," says Gallot.

One item on his list is bringing back Grambling's under-graduate nursing program.

"We're going to have to build it from scratch, we will put every available resource to work to get that done and we've already gotten commitments from private sector partners through our foundation to fund the upstart," says Gallot.

He says he plans to be more transparent and wants to build better relationships with alumni, staff, and students.

"There's a lot misinformation and misunderstanding about what our current status is we have allowed others to tell our story and frame the conversation about Grambling well that changes now," says Gallot.

His biggest goal is to shake off the negative perceptions that sometimes cloud the university.

"We want everybody to be excited about the future of Grambling because we are still the place where everybody is somebody," says Gallot.

Monday will be Gallot's first official day as president of Grambling, and he says he ready to hit the ground running.