Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Hampton Provost Chosen as Langston University's First Female President

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Hampton Provost Chosen as Langston University's First Female President

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TULSA, OKLA

Dr. JoAnn W. Haysbert, provost of Hampton University in Hampton, Va., will become the first female president of Langston University and one of only two female presidents of state colleges in Oklahoma.

Haysbert will succeed Dr. Ernest Holloway Aug. 1, the Oklahoma State University/A&M board of regents decided recently after meeting with the four finalists.

"I'm very grateful and honored that you have selected me," Haysbert told regents. "You can rest assured ... I'll do you proud."

Haysbert, who has a doctorate in administration and supervision in higher education from Auburn University, will receive the same $ 180,000 salary given Holloway, who is retiring after 25 years.

Haysbert also will receive a S6,000-a-year expense allowance and $15,000 annual car allowance, regents said.

Prior to her appointment as provost in 1998, Haysbert served as assistant provost for academic affairs, professor and coordinator of graduate programs in education and dean of freshman studies at Hampton University.

Hampton, a private, historically Black university, has 5,741 students. Langston, also a historically Black university, has close to 2,600 full-time students.

As acting president of Hampton in 2003, Haysbert came under fire for suspending distribution of the university's student newspaper, the Hampton Script, when its staff decided not to print a letter from her on the front page regarding health code violations that threatened closure of the school's cafeteria. …

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