DR. KENT J. SMITH, JR.
President, Langston University
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.