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Langston University Announces Two New Appointments

Langston University Announces Two New Appointments

By Christina Gray, Media Relations Specialist

Langston, Oklahoma - Langston University is pleased to announce the appointments of Acting Executive Director of Residential Housing, William Evans, and Acting Director of Student Life in Student Affairs, Helen Alatorre. Both are planned to begin on Oct. 19, 2015 at the Langston University campus. 

Evans brings with him more than 18 years of residential life experience, while Alatorre brings more than 20 years experience in student affairs. Both come to Langston from the University of Wyoming, where Evans held the position of Associate Director of Residence Life and Dining Services and Alatorre was Assistant Dean of Students for Leadership Development. 

Evans plans to develop educational and social programming to cultivate a strong sense of community among the students.  He plans to implement strategic initiatives for new procedures and processes for the Housing Department. 

Alatorre’s experience in programming, leadership development, and advising student government will be helpful as she serves the students at Langston. She understands the importance of working directly with students in order to create lasting memories during their time spent at the University. 

Evans and Alatorre have dedicated their entire careers to the development of students.

“I am passionate about helping students transition to college and supporting them all the way to graduation,” Evans said. 

Alatorre enthusiastically stated, “I think it is important to get a feel of the culture on campus and its students and see how I can contribute and advance it.”

“I look forward to learning more about Langston’s traditions and its rich history.”

Evans and Alatorre are married with a six-year-old daughter, and are excited about their move to Oklahoma.

Alatorre regarding the move:

“It’s a homecoming for the entire family,” Alatorre said. “It was a professional decision, but a personal one as well, which is what makes this a complete experience. 

“The university will be well served by the new additions to our staff,” said Kent J. Smith Jr., Ph.D., President of Langston University.

“These new appointments are committed to the pursuit of excellence and the experience they bring to the positions will be a source of strength for students and the campus community at large.”

Langston University is located 12 miles east of Guthrie, Oklahoma. Langston offers more than 38 degree programs, including 5 masters degrees and one doctoral program. To learn more about Langston University, go to