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Langston President to Retire, Search for New Leader Begins

Langston President to Retire, Search for New Leader Begins

The Board of Regents for the Oklahoma A&M Colleges has started its search for a new president of Langston University.

Dr. Ernest Holloway is retiring this year after 25 years as president of the historically Black university that has about 2,000 full-time students.

A new president is expected to be named within eight months. Holloway will continue to serve as president emeritus.

The regents are forming an 18-member search committee that will be led by regent Claude Evans of Okemah. Other members will include regents, faculty, staff, students, business and civic leaders.

“It is going to be very difficult,” Evans said. “We will not be able to find another Dr. Holloway. We will be looking for another very capable person.”

Although every Langston president has been Black, the search has not been limited only to Blacks, Evans said.

He said a competitive salary and benefit package would be offered. Holloway earned $131,250 annually, and had the use of a house and a $21,000 annual car allowance.

Regents Chairman Jay Helm said he hopes to have a new president in place by the fall semester. Langston will advertise the job in academic publications and at historically Black colleges, he said.

Last February, Holloway, 73, told regents he intended to retire in 2005, but will continue to serve as Langston’s president until a new president can be hired.

“My commitment is to stay until a person is selected and ready to take over,” Holloway said by phone from Conners State College in Warner, where the regents met.

He said he knew of no Langston administrators who may be interested in the job but that he would have no direct role in the selection of the next president.
Holloway has worked at Langston for 40 years, the last 25 as president. 

— Associated Press

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