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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 it's the only historically black university in the state!

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

President's Biography

Dr. Kent J. Smith, Jr. began his tenure as the 16th president of Langston University in 2012 and also serves as professor of education.

Dr. Smith has more than twenty years of progressive administrative experience in higher education. Under his leadership, Langston University has seen record highs in fundraising, admissions applications, and freshman enrollment. He is committed to developing quality academic programs focused on retention and completion for all students, particularly those from underserved populations. A visionary and inclusive leader, Dr. Smith is passionate about collaboration with students to shape their learning environment in a holistic way.

Prior to leading Langston University, Dr. 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 served as assistant director of black student services.

Dr. Smith has been recognized as a leader within the state of Oklahoma and among his peers nationally in higher education. Dr. Smith currently serves as Chair of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) Council of 1890 Presidents, representing 19 universities, Chair of the Red River Athletic Conference, Council of Presidents. Locally, Dr. Smith is a member of the Logan County Economic Development Council, and the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Campus Safety and Security Task Force.

A Louisiana native, Dr. 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 an FAA instrument-rated private pilot who enjoys flying with family and friends with plans of teaching private flying lessons in the future. As a father of five, he loves spending quality family time and coaching basketball.

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