Grambling State University Names Willie “Dynamite” Larkin as New President
“I’ve got a big job ahead of me, and I really owe it to a lot of people who have paved the way,” Larkin said. “I will do my very best every day to make sure that this board’s selection of me as the president was a wise decision, and I will validate that they were right in selecting me.” Grambling’s alumni are also looking forward to working with Grambling’s next president to bring long-term stability to the institution. “We are excited to welcome Dr. Larkin to the Grambling State University family,” said Grambling State University National Alumni President Melissa Bickham.
Larkin grew up as the son of a sharecropping farmer, the oldest of eight children, whose mother encouraged him to pursue a college education, even though his father wanted him to stay and work on the farm.
Larkin received his bachelor’s degree in agricultural education from Tuskegee University in 1973 and his master’s degree in extension education from Tuskegee University in 1974. He completed his doctoral studies in agricultural education/extension at Ohio State University in 1980.