Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

50 Making a Difference Profile: JoAnn W. Haysbert, Ed.D., Langston University, President

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

50 Making a Difference Profile: JoAnn W. Haysbert, Ed.D., Langston University, President

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When Dr. JoAnn W. Haysbert was appointed president of Langston University in August 2005, she became the first African-American female president of a higher education institution in Oklahoma.

Haysbert has more than 30 years of experience in academia as an instructor and administrator. She became Langston University's 15th president after working 25 years at Hampton University in Hampton, Va. During her time at Hampton, she served in several key positions, including acting president, provost, assistant provost, professor and coordinator of graduate programs in education, dean of freshman studies, assistant vice president for academic affairs, director of summer sessions, and director of the assessment and learning support center.

She has also held positions at Virginia State University, Auburn University and Alexander City State Junior College.

Haysbert earned her bachelor's degree in psychology from Johnson C. Smith University and her master's and doctoral degrees in administration and supervision in higher education from Auburn University. She also earned a certificate for educational management from Harvard University's Graduate School of Education.

"Learning has always been a way of life for me. As a student, I loved 'sitting at the feet' of those who ultimately helped mold me and shape my life. Like them, I am now a mentor, a repository of wisdom," Haysbert said. "Becoming the first black female university president in Oklahoma was a watershed moment in this state."

Haysbert's awards include being named to Who's Who Among Executives and Professionals and Who's Who in American Education in 2007. Also, that same year she received the Top Ladies of Distinction's Outstanding Achievement Award. …

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