In the month of February the excellence of African American people is celebrated. Many are appreciated for making    



ways for the next generation to follow. 

At Grambling State University, many have gone beyond and accomplished many achievements. Many went beyond just having a bachelor’s degree, and went on to earn a doctorate. 



 Those include Dr. Ivory V. Nelson, Dr. Angel L. Harris and Dr. Neari F. Warner.

Dr. Nelson is an African-American educator who graduated magna cum laude from Grambling with a bachelor’s degree in secondary education and chemistry in 1959. He also attended the University of Kansas, where he graduated with a Ph.D. in analytical chemistry. Dr. Nelson is listed among the world’s top scientists. 

He has served as acting president at Prairie View A&M University and as executive assistant to the chancellor of the Texas A&M University system. He also served as chancellor of the Alamo Community College District in San Antonio, Texas.

Dr. Harris, a Brooklyn, New York, native and graduated from GSU with a bachelor’s degree in psychology in 1997. He went on to receive his master’s degree from Kansas State, and a Ph.D. in public policy and sociology from the University of Michigan. 

The author of two books, Dr. Harris taught at the University of Texas in Austin and at Princeton before becoming a professor at Duke University.

Dr. Neari F. Warner was the first female to lead Grambling State University, having served as president from January 2001 to June 2004.      



Dr. Warner earned a bachelor’s degree from GSU, her master’s from Atlanta University, and her Ph.D. degree from Louisiana State University. 

She had extensive administrative experience in higher education before becoming GSU president. She headed Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, and Development and University Relations at GSU. She held executive administrator jobs at Southern University at New Orleans and is a visiting professor and research coach at Jackson State.