“The past four President’s we’ve had at the institution, the institution has gone down. Every time they leave us, they leave us with a problem,” says Herbert Simmons, Jr., GSU Faculty Senate President.
Many University faculty and students hoped with the recent election of Dr. Willie Larkin, that trend would end.
“If we can get our finances in order, if we can get our enrollment up, if we can get our morale up, and get people to really catch on fire,” says Simmons.
The Grambling State University Faculty Senate feels the University is headed in the wrong direction and held a special meeting Tuesday afternoon, resulting in a ‘no confidence’ vote.
“At least have a plan, that’s what we’ve asked him for. Over and over again, Mr. President can you give us something in writing, an official plan of where you are taking this university. Unfortunately, that has not happened,” says Simmons.
GSU Faculty Senate President, Herbert Simmons, says they have also done research and found that Dr. Larkin was not wise when it came to University funds.
“At the Bayou Classic, a great deal of spending was done. The President had a couple of limos, 20 plus guests, and staying 8 days at the Bayou Classic,” says Simmons.
Now that the Grambling Faculty Senate has expressed their sentiment, it now goes before the University of Louisiana System.
That meeting is scheduled for next Tuesday.
“At that point in time, if the Board chooses to do nothing about it, we believe as faculty that we have discharged our duty,” says Simmons.
The Faculty Senate hopes the right decision will be made to get the university back on track.
“This is not the time for novice. this is not the time for on the job training. We need somebody who can hit the ground running, who’s prepared, who’s capable, and who can lead Grambling State University to higher heights,” says Simmons.
We reached out to President Larkin, but he is not commenting at this time.
His Communications Director tells us he has not seen the official document from the Faculty Senate.