Ernest L. Holloway, the former president of Langston University in Oklahoma, died in Sugar Land, Texas while undergoing treatment for stomach cancer. He was 81 years old.
Dr. Holloway graduated from Langston University in 1952 with a degree in agriculture. He spent the ensuing eight years teaching at the high school level before starting work on a doctoral degree. He joined the faculty at Langston University in 1963. Subsequently, he served as registrar, dean of students, and vice president of administration. In 1966 he took a sabbatical to complete his doctorate at the University of Oklahoma.
Holloway was named president of Langston University in 1979 and served in that post until his retirement in 2005. He was the longest-serving president of the historically Black university. State Highway 33, north of the Langston campus is named in his honor. In 1999, he was elected into the Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame.