Office of the President

Office of the President

Dr. Kent J. Smith, Jr.

President's Welcome

Welcome to Langston University,

As you explore our website, you will discover that LU is a great university with a strong commitment to providing our students with an exceptional education both inside and outside of the classroom. Our highest priority is the wellness of our students, we use unique strategies and initiatives to cultivate student development and increase student success.

Langston University is one of Oklahoma’s premier regional institutions and its only historically black university! We offer programs on three campuses, Langston, Oklahoma City and Tulsa. Our locations provide a nurturing environment which is a key ingredient in the development of our students.

Students at Langston University interact with superb faculty who challenge students to grow each day. Our academic programs are delivered through six schools – Agriculture, Arts and Sciences, Business, Education and Behavioral Sciences, Nursing and Health Professions, and Physical Therapy. We are proud of our rich history and storied legacy; our dynamic faculty and passionate students give hope to a bright and promising future.

Please continue to browse the rest of our website, and gain a sense of the tradition of our unique institution. If you haven’t already done so, I invite you to visit one of our campuses where there is much more to experience. If you are a prospective student, please consider joining our family and becoming a part of LU’s tradition of excellence. There are nearly 20,000 alumni around the world who are testaments to the benefits of the Langston Experience!

Go Lions!


Kent J. Smith, Jr., Ph.D.

President's Biography

Kent J. Smith, Jr. was named 16th president of Langston University by the Board of Regents for the Oklahoma Agricultural & Mechanical Colleges on January 19, 2012. He assumed office on June 4, 2012 and serves as professor of education.

Heralded by his contemporaries as a student-focused, deeply committed dynamic leader, Smith brings with him the experience and potential to take Oklahoma’s only historically black institution of higher education to the next level of academic excellence and national preeminence.

Prior to coming to Langston University, Smith served as the vice president for student affairs, chief student affairs officer and assistant professor of education at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. He is a former dean of students at Auburn University in Alabama, director of multicultural affairs at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, and was an adjunct professor at Cleveland State University. While an adjunct professor of education at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado, he was an assistant director of black student services.

A Louisiana native, Smith earned a bachelor of science in secondary education, a master of education in educational administration and supervision from Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge, and a doctorate in education and human resources studies, with a concentration in educational administration and student affairs, from Colorado State University in Fort Collins.

Dr. Smith is the parent to four sons - Trey, Tyler, Trent and Tanner - and daughter Morgan, who recently graduated from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

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