By Jeff Murphy, April 16, 2020
WARRENSBURG, MO – A veteran college administrator who has contributed to a string of record enrollments at the Texas institution he currently serves, Randall Langston, Ph.D., has been tapped to lead the University of Central Missouri’s student recruitment efforts. He begins his new role as Executive Vice Provost for Enrollment Management on May 15.
Phil Bridgmon, Ph.D., UCM’s provost and vice president for academic affairs, today
announced this key appointment noting, “Dr. Langston’s expertise and consistent record
of leading efforts to build record enrollments and student success is highly sought-after.”
Bridgmon added that Langston’s commitment to collegiality and shared governance are
both values that “fit well at UCM.” He said he is looking forward to welcoming Langston
to campus this spring.
Langston has served since 2017 as Vice President for Enrollment Management at Texas
Woman’s University (TWU) in Denton, Texas. TWU has a student body of 16,000 and is
the nation’s largest public university primarily for women, and the seventh most diverse
higher education institution in the United States. It also has campuses in Dallas
Langston said he is looking forward to working with staff and faculty at UCM in the
“I am honored and thrilled to be joining the University of Central Missouri during
this exciting time in its history,” he said. “In speaking with others during the search
process, I was inspired by the mission of the institution and was particularly drawn
to UCM due to its commitments to student success and learning as well as its drive
to become a nationally recognized comprehensive university.”
In discussing his immediate goals at his new position, Langston said he looks forward
to building on the great enrollment management work done by others at UCM. He plans
to take these efforts to another level both quantitatively and qualitatively through
the implementation of data informed methodological approaches.
“College is a significant investment by students and families and I am excited to
help articulate the value of attending a high-quality institution like UCM through
personalization and outreach which illuminates all of the terrific aspects that the
university has to offer the students that we serve,” Langston said.
His success in enrollment has contributed to numerous awards. This includes selection
as a “Leader and Innovator” in the field of Enrollment Management by the Enrollment
Management Report (Jossey-Bass/Wiley Publication) in 2017. More recently, Langston
was honored with TWU’s Pioneer Proud Award based on a peer nomination related to leadership
embodying values which exemplify the university.
Langston’s career in higher education also includes serving as Assistant Vice President
for Enrollment Management, Acting Director of Undergraduate Admissions at The College
at Brockport – State University of New York (SUNY), 2012-2017; Executive Director
of Enrollment Management at the University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, Colorado,
2008-2012; Director of Admissions Services, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs,
2007-2008; and Associate Director of Admission,/Southern Regional Director and Assistant
Director of Admission (based in Austin, Texas) for the University of Denver, Denver,
In preparation for a leadership career in education, Langston earned a master’s degree in education at Texas Tech University in Lubbock and a Ph.D. at the University of The Free State – Republic of South Africa. He began his formal higher education at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in political science.