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Kent Smith named next president of Langston University

Last week Ohio University Vice President for Student Affairs Kent Smith excitedly announced that OU had landed Wiz Khalifa for its spring concert this year.

"I'm just excited for the students," Smith said then.

But tonight, Smith had another piece of breaking news to deliver — this time a little more personal.

Langston University, an historically black college in Oklahoma, announced today that it has chosen Smith as its next president.

"This is a dream come true for me," Smith said. "It's something I've worked for my entire career. The faculty, staff and students really love Langston University — it's really a lot like Ohio University in that way."

Smith, who has been OU's top student affairs administrator since 2006, will begin his new gig on July 1. He'll meet with OU President Roderick McDavis on Monday to determine how he'll transition out of his current role and how the university will go about replacing him.

"This is wonderful for Dr. Smith; we're so proud of him and so excited for him," said Becky Watts, McDavis' chief of staff. 

—Rebecca McKinsey contributed to this report

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