Ruth Ray Jackson Named 17th President of Langston University

Ruth Ray Jackson, a seasoned academic leader with a decade-long association with Langston University, has assumed the esteemed position of the institution’s seventeenth president. Situated in Oklahoma, Langston University holds a rich legacy as a historically Black university.

Having served as interim president for the past year, Dr. Jackson brings a wealth of experience and dedication to her new role. Langston University boasts a diverse student body of over 1,800 undergraduates and 130 graduate students, with African Americans comprising a significant 79% of the undergraduate population.

Dr. Jackson’s journey at Langston began in 2014 when she joined as a professor. Over time, she ascended through the ranks, assuming leadership roles such as Dean of the School of Education and Behavioral Sciences, Associate Vice President for Student Success, and ultimately Vice President of Academic Affairs before her interim presidency appointment.

“I am honored to lead Langston University into its next chapter,” said Dr. Jackson. “I love this university and believe in its faculty, staff, students, and alumni. Our mission must be focused on empowering students, celebrating student success, and contributing to the betterment of Oklahoma and beyond. Together, we will build upon Langston’s legacy and create a future where excellence knows no bounds.”

Dr. Jackson’s academic journey began at historically Black Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in secondary education and English, followed by a master’s degree in educational leadership and administration. Her academic pursuits culminated in a Ph.D. in education and human resource management from Colorado State University.

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