Less than one year ago, Willie D. Larkin was named president of Grambling State University in Louisiana. Now the Faculty Senate at the university has issued a resolution of “no confidence” in Larkin’s leadership. The resolution passed by a vote of 10 to 7 with one abstention.
The faculty expressed concerns that Larkin was not doing enough to restore the undergraduate nursing program and to shore up the College of Business so it can maintain accreditation. Persisting problems with the athletics department (see earlier JBHE post), stagnant enrollments, rising tuition costs, and budget cuts are also matters of concern to the Grambling faculty.
Grambling is facing a cut of more than $2.5 million in state funding that will make it more difficult for President Larkin to take steps to address the Faculty Senate’s concerns.
Before becoming president of Grambling State last year, Dr. Larkin was the chief of staff at Morgan State University in Baltimore. He formerly served as chief of staff for the University of Wisconsin Colleges and Extension.
Dr. Larkin holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Tuskegee University in Alabama. He earned a Ph.D. in agricultural education from Ohio State University.