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By Trishna Buch
On December 1, Galveston College saw the reigns of Director
of Public Affairs being handed over from Joe Huff
to his successor, Carol Langston. While Huff does not
officially retire until the end of the month, he has been
spending the month of December introducing Langston
to the college and the college community and has been
working with her to ensure a smooth transition. I had the
opportunity to speak to Langston earlier this week.
Born in Alexandria, Louisiana, Langston spent a few
years in Dallas before settling down in Arkansas for several
years. She earned a bachelor of science in journalism
and public relations from Arkansas State University,
and a Master of Business Administration from the University
Of Central Arkansas.
Langston told me that she was in high-school when
she realized that public relations and journalism was the
career path she wanted to follow. “I’ve always loved to
write,” she told me. “In fact, when my friends signed my
high school yearbook, they wrote ‘good luck on your public
relations career.” Langston’s first foray into the communication
world came during college, when she was a
staff member of ASU’s college newspaper, The Herald.
And being a member of the newspaper staff in college
paid off, because her first job out of college was serving
as the managing editor of three weekly newspapers
in north Arkansas and south Missouri. Langston spent a
few years with these papers, before taking up a job as
the publications editor for the St. Vincent Health System
in Little, Rock Arkansas.
In her 30 plus years of experience in strategic communications,
Langston has served in several public relations
capacities. She was director of public relations and development
at the University of Arkansas-Pulaski Technical
College in Little Rock from 1992 to 1994 and held the
same position at Arkansas State University Mid-South in
West Memphis, Arkansas from 1994 to 1996. In 1996 she
returned to UA-Pulaski Tech to serve as vice president for
college advancement. She stayed in this role until 2012,
and was responsible for several offices, including, Public
Relations and Marketing, Development, Human Resources
and Employee Relations and Governmental Relations.
Between 2012 and now, Langston has served in several
developmental and communications related capacities
at universities and community colleges in Arkansas. She
also had a brief stint as a professor, when she taught
course at ASU’s College Of Communications. However,
she shifted to Texas in 2015, when she joined Texas A&M
Texarkana, in Texarkana, Texas, as its director of communications.
Langston heard about the position at Galveston College
through a higher education ListServe. “I was familiar
with the college and with the work of my predecessor Joe
Huff,” she told me. Langston told me about her immediate
goals for the college, which are to achieve optimum
enrollment, align communications in support of the college’s
strategic plan, support college friend-raising and
fundraising efforts, maximize support at all levels and
promote the Galveston College brand. “We were recently
named the number one community college in Texas,”
Langston told me. “And that’s what I want people to know.
That Galveston College is the best Texas community college
for workforce development, academic transfer degrees
and continuing education.”
Despite having been in Galveston for only two weeks,
Langston has already fallen in love with the city, its surrounding
areas and its people. “I love the Galveston community,”
she told me. “Everyone is so kind, warm, friendly
and inviting.” She told me she hopes to become more involved
in the community
and meet more people
through the many events
she plans to attend; both
in the college and out in
the cities. “I am the type
of person who likes to
attend everything. So
whether it’s a school ball
game, a play, a community
event or anything,
there is a good chance
that you will see me
Being an active member
of the community is
not new for Langston.
She is a Rotarian, a past
president of the Junior
League of North Little
Rock and a graduate of
Leadership Greater Little
Rock and Leadership Arkansas.
“In Leadership
we are provided the opportunity
to study different
aspects of the community, including education and
economic development,” she told me. Along with this,
she was also involved in the Little Rock chamber of commerce,
when she earned the Ambassador of the Year
award in 2004. Other awards won by Langston include
being named to Arkansas Business magazine’s 40 under
40 list in 2002, being named Active and Sustainer of the
year for the Junior League of North Little Rock also in
2002 and receiving the Hero in Education Award for the
Arkansas Business and Education Alliance in 2010.
In her spare time, Langston enjoys reading, going to
the beach and spending time with her two dogs Lonus
and Lucee. She is looking forward to the start of the new
semester in January, meeting more faculty, staff and students,
getting involved in the community, meeting community
members and working with her team to maintain
Galveston College’s position as number one Texas community
college. “Joe Huff left an amazing legacy, and I
look forward to what the future holds for the college.”
The Post wishes Langston the best of luck as she takes
up the mantle of Director of Public Affairs at Galveston

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