ernest-holloway_web.jpgOKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Ernest Holloway, the former longtime president of Langston University, has died.

Holloway's son, Reginald Holloway, said his father died on Dec. 24 in Sugar Land, Texas, of complications from stomach cancer. He was 81.

Ernest Holloway steered Langston, Oklahoma's only historically black university, for 25 years before retiring in 2005.

He graduated from Langston with a degree in agriculture and began his career there as a professor in the early 1960s. He then worked as a registrar, vice president for administrative affairs and in other positions before being named the school's 14th president in 1979.

He oversaw a renaissance at the school in the early 2000s, when expansion and improvements were made to buildings and facilities.

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