Langston University

The Board of Regents for the Oklahoma A&M Colleges seeks nominations of and applications from exceptional leaders to serve as the next President of Langston University.

Langston University has the distinction of being the nation’s westernmost and Oklahoma’s only Historically Black College or University (HBCU). Founded in 1897 as the Colored Agricultural and Normal University with 41 students, Langston University is now a public land-grant institution comprised of three campuses located in Langston, Tulsa, and Oklahoma City, and six schools. Grounded in its rich traditions as a historically Black university and a land-grant institution, Langston University offers quality post-secondary education to diverse populations through academic, research, community engagement, extension, and co-curricular experiences that lead to professional competence and degree completion. The university offers over 40 programs of study leading to undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees and serves approximately 1,900 students of which 70% are first-generation college students. The university has a rich history of growth and development that emphasizes the perseverance and dedication of its administration, faculty, and students.

The president provides leadership and direction for Langston University in accordance with policies set forth by the Board of Regents for the Oklahoma A&M Colleges and reports to the Board of Regents. The campuses in Tulsa and Oklahoma City are advised by a Board of Trustees. The A&M Board of Regents and university seek a new president to build on its legacy and galvanize the community around its longstanding mission and purpose.

The A&M Board of Regents and the university seek a president who will provide leadership, build strong teams, and empower those across campus to address current challenges and capitalize on opportunities. The next president of Langston University will be expected to raise the profile and brand of the university; enhance enrollment management and student success strategies; develop strategic relationships to support the university; build and steward resources; and tell Langston’s story internally and externally.

The successful candidate must have experience leading complex organizations, an understanding of higher education, and an unwavering passion for the mission of Langston University. Candidates should also demonstrate a record of academic accomplishments and relevant background at the university level with experience in both teaching and administration or comparable accomplishments in the public or private sector relevant to university administration. An earned doctorate from an accredited university is preferred but not required.

Applications, nominations, and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as separate documents, a CV or resume and a letter of interest addressing the themes in the leadership profile found at For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by February 9, 2024.

WittKieffer is assisting the Oklahoma Agricultural & Mechanical Colleges and Langston University in this search. Application materials should be submitted using WittKieffer’s candidate portal. Confidential nominations and inquiries can be directed to Christine J. Pendleton, Ryan Crawford, and Maya Holt-Brockenbrough, Ph.D. at

Langston University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All persons will be offered employment and promotion on the basis of qualifications and capabilities without regard to race, religion, sex, national origin, qualified ADA recognized disability or veteran status.

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