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Grambling, LA –  Aaron James, a 2012 Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame member and a member of the Grambling Legends Sports Hall of Fame, has assumed the role of interim athletics director at Grambling State University, effective Monday (July 1). It is his second stint as interim AD.Aaron JamesJames

“We’re so blessed to have someone like Aaron on staff at our institution,” said President Frank G. Pogue. “He’s a star in his own right, on the basketball court, in college sports generally and in higher education administration. He’s a flexible, smart, knowledgeable administrator and leader capable of filling any of several roles, and we’re happy that he’s agreed to help us once again.”

James succeeds Percy “Chico” Caldwell, who was named AD at Grambling State University in February 2012. Caldwell gave Pogue his resignation on Tuesday. During his tenure he put a lot of emphasis on student athlete academics and team academic standings. He also started an athletic fundraising effort called the 250 Club.

“I thank Dr. Caldwell for his service and wish him the best of success in the future,” added Pogue.

James, an associate athletic director for marketing and promotion who was recently assigned as the university’s interim development director,  will return to the Hobdy Assembly Center and lead Grambling State’s 15 sports programs: men’s football, basketball, baseball, cross country, track and field/outdoor; women’s basketball, bowling, track and field indoor/outdoor, cross country, tennis, soccer, softball and volleyball.

James was interim AD from late June 2011, after J. Lin Dawson resigned, until early 2012 when Caldwell was hired.

“I’m a Gramblinite, committed to my school, sports and higher education,” said James, 60. “Whatever I need to do, I will do to help dear ole Grambling.”



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