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Joseph B. Johnson passes Tuesday
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File photo - Johnson poses for a photo outside the administration building.

GRAMBLING — Joseph Benjamin Johnson, Grambling State University’s third president, died Tuesday after a lengthy illness.

Johnson, a longtime favorite president who served from 1977 until 1991, succeeded Ralph Waldo Emerson Jones, who served Grambling from 1936 until he retired.

Johnson fought to save the school from financial failure as state and other challenges threatened its existence and led student enrollment growth from 2,600 to a record-setting 7,000-student enrollment.

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