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October 21, 2009

Horace Judson resigns from Grambling

Former PSU president cites family reasons

PLATTSBURGH — Dr. Horace Judson has resigned from Grambling State University.

The former embattled Plattsburgh State president said family reasons were behind his decision to step down as Grambling's leader, effective Oct. 31.

TOUTS PROGRESS

"When I began as president at GSU, I made a commitment to serve for five years," Judson said in a press release issued by the college.

"The extraordinary progress that has been achieved in every facet at GSU over the past five years has been validated."

Judson faced several controversies in Louisiana that were similar to troubles that plagued him during his final years at Plattsburgh State.

HERE 1994 TO 2003

Judson took the helm at Plattsburgh in 1994 and announced his resignation on Dec. 5, 2002, leaving at the end of the spring 2003 semester.

He cited increased enrollment and support for the College Foundation among his accomplishments at Plattsburgh State.

"During my last year there, we raised over $1 million," affirmed Don Garrant, who retired July 1, 1999, as vice president for institutional advancement under Judson.

"I got along well with him and enjoyed working with him," Garrant, who later served as a College Council member, said Wednesday.

It was after Garrant retired that Judson became embroiled in several controversies on campus.

FAILED LEADER

Judson resigned from Plattsburgh State following criticisms from students and faculty that he was ignoring their input, isolating himself from the college and community and making poor choices in hirings and firings.

"When President Judson left Plattsburgh, there was no doubt in the campus community that his presidency here had failed," said Dr. Paul Johnston, a Plattsburgh State English professor who was presiding faculty officer when Judson resigned.

"Still, it would have been nice that with a fresh start he might have learned from his mistakes and been a successful president at Grambling. This didn't happen, and one can only be sad not only for Grambling but for President Judson and his family, for whom we had such high hopes.

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