Grambling’s own historic women


Women’s History Month had its origins as a national celebration in 1981 when the week beginning March 7, 1982 was designated as “Women’s History Week.” Throughout the next five years, Congress continued to pass joint resolutions designating a week in March as “Women’s History Week.”  In 1987, the month of March 1987 was designated as “Women’s History Month.”  

Dr. Mildred Gallot



Dr. Mildred B.G. Gallot, originally from Washington, Louisiana, has established herself as something of a legend

at Grambling, dedicating 44 years of her life in service to the university. 

Her bachelor of science and master of arts degrees are both in social science education, the first from Grambling and the other from Louisiana Tech University in Ruston. 

In 1982 she received her Ed.D. degree from Louisiana State University. 

During her time at Grambling, she served as professor and head of the Department of History and Geography.  

Dr. Gallot is the author of The History of Grambling State University. She is also a former member of the Board of Supervisors of the University of Louisiana System, where she served as vice chair of the Academic and Student Affairs committees. 

Even though she retired in 2003, she is still giving her services to the community.


Doris Mott Robinson 



A woman who was the “right hand” of one of the greatest college football coaches of all time made her own

mark on Grambling, Lincoln Parish, Louisiana and the world of college athletics.

Doris  Mott Robinson was born May 2, 1919, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Upon graduating from McKinley High School in Baton Rouge, she attended Southern University from 1936 to 1938 and later graduated from Leland College in 1941. She met the love of her life, Eddie G. Robinson, in eighth grade, and they were married on June 24, 1941.

Mrs. Robinson began her teaching career working in the school system of Lincoln Parish at Fellowship Elementary School and Lincoln Elementary School. She later taught at Lincoln High, Dubach High and Ruston. She taught English and social studies, coached students in speech for the Louisiana State Literacy Competition and prepared her students for basic public speaking activities.

After many years of teaching, she retired to travel with her husband, head coach Eddie Robinson, and the Grambling State University Tiger football team. Mrs. Robinson will forever be remembered as a loving wife, mother and grandmother, a great friend and the “matriarch of Grambling athletics.”

Mrs. Robinson sang professionally for many years. She was also involved in numerous civic and social organizations, including Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc., the National Education Association, and the NAACP. She was a member of New Rocky Valley Baptist Church in Grambling.

Mrs. Robinson died on Sept. 16, 2015, at the age of 96.



Dr. Neari Warner

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 Grambling’s president. At GSU, she headed Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, and Development and University Relations. She held executive administrator jobs at Southern University-New Orleans and is a visiting professor and research coach at Jackson State.

During her undergraduate years at GSU, she worked at The Gramblinite newspaper and pledged Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. 

She spent 26 years at Southern University at New Orleans, where she served as dean of the Junior Division, director of the Upward Bound Program and coordinator of TRIO programs.