Grambling State University President Frank Pogue says as state funding to higher education continues to decline, financial support from the community will become more important than ever for GSU.

Pogue spoke to members of the Monroe and West Monroe business communities about the financial state of the university during a breakfast Wednesday morning at The Atrium.

“All higher education institutions that contribute to the economic growth and stability of this region must be supported equally,” he said. “When one suffers, we all suffer.”

Pogue said one of GSU’s goals has been to look for alternative ways to boost financial support. To help with that effort, the university is expected to launch a $10 million capital campaign in the coming months.

Kenoye Eke, interim vice president for the office of institutional advancement at GSU, said the campaign will have four priorities: student access to scholarships, faculty support, campus beautification and renovating certain campus facilities.

Pogue said he set the initial goal at $10 million, but he hopes to raise triple that amount.

“I’m saying $10 million with the understanding that we want to raise $30 million,” he said. “I think we can certainly do that.”

(News Star)