ULS Search Committee meets at GSU to discuss process of finding new president to replace ‘Prez’ Gallot

The inaugural University of Louisiana System Search Committee Meeting at Grambling State University took place Nov. 17 in the Betty E. Smith Nursing Building Auditorium.


That committee is considering candidates to replace outgoing Grambling State President Rick Gallot after Gallot was named the next president of the ULS System on Oct. 25.


Gallot will assume his new position on Jan. 1, 2024.


Current President of the University of Louisiana System Jim Henderson, who is moving on to become president of Louisiana Tech University, will chair the Search Committee.


The Presidential Search Committee is made up of 19 voting and nonvoting members.


Eleven of the Committee Members will have votes, Gallot, Henderson, and the mayor of the City of Grambling Alvin Bradley are notable non-voting members.


“President Gallot’s leadership at Grambling will be felt for generations to come.” said Chair of the ULS Board of Supervisors Liz Pierre. “We greatly appreciate the community members who have agreed to serve on the committee charged with finding the next leader for this historic institution.”


Pierre will also serve on the Presidential Search Committee, which is comprised of UL System Board Members, Community Representatives, and GSU Student Government Association President Alexa Johnson.


The meeting was recorded and posted on YouTube, also announced during the meeting was the official search timeline and search advertisement. The timeline, which is subject to change, targets Jan. 12 as the preferred date to receive applications.


Jan. 22 is the scheduled date for the committee to review applications and select semifinalists.


On Feb. 5, on-campus interviews are slated to begin and go on throughout the week, and finalists will be selected.


Finally on Feb. 21-22, finalists will appear before the full Board of Supervisors and a new president will be hopefully selected.


More information regarding the search can be found at the University of Louisiana System website.