ernest_holloway.jpgLANGSTON, Okla. (AP) _ The interim president of Langston University says the death of former president Ernest Holloway is a dark day for the school and for the state of Oklahoma.


The 81-year-old Holloway died in Texas Saturday following a bout with stomach cancer.

Ponder said in a statement released Monday that Holloway was an outstanding educator who became legendary for his love of the school and his commitment to accessible education for all people.

Holloway served as president of Oklahoma's only historically black university for 25 years before retiring in 2005. He earned a bachelor's degree from Langston and served in various positions before being named president in 1979.

Officials said funeral services have been tentatively scheduled for Friday in the C.F. Gayles Gymnasium. His body is to lie in repose on Thursday.