Commissioner of Higher Education Sally Clausen praised advancements in education in Louisiana Tuesday as she presented Grambling State with a $120,000 check, representing the state’s share of matching funds for three new endowed professorships.”Today, as we present these funds to establish endowed professorships in mathematics, chemistry and biology here at Grambling State University, I’m proud of what it says about higher education in Louisiana,” Clausen said.
The $100,000 professorships are the Ernest Everett Just Endowed Professorship in Biology, the Percy L. Julian Endowed Professorship in Chemistry and the William W.S. Claytor Endowed Professorship in Mathematics.
About 75 people attended the event in the Nursing School Auditorium.
President Horace A. Judson said the endowed professorships enhance the university’s ability to recruit students and faculty. GSU is the only historically black college or university that has an endowed chair in mathematics, he said.
Dr. Stacey Duhon said the endowments will aid GSU in excellence in academics, especially those in science. “We are fine and doing well,” said the interim vice president of Student Affairs.
Noting the abundance of new construction on campus, Levy praised the development and noted that Grambling’s “exterior is starting to match its interior.”
Provost Robert Dixon said GSU is looking for candidates to fill the professorships.