The Langford Years, September 1, 1969-July 31, 1981

history langford portraitSeptember 1969         

Dr. Al Langford hired as dean of the Midland campus of the Permian Junior College System.

 A building on Andrews Highway was rented as college offices.

Midland College offers its first classes held at Robert E. Lee High School in the evenings where 688 students attended mostly evening classes. With each passing semester, attendance grew.

October 1972
Texas Legislature allows Midland to withdraw from Permian Junior College District.

December 1972
history midlandbuildssignMidland voters approve the withdrawal and agree to be taxed to support the new district.

Midland Independent School District names “board of regents” for Midland College.

Murray Fasken
Robert M. Leirock
Reagan H. Legg
William H. McCright, Jr.
Gloria Hinojosa
Fred S. Wright, Jr.
Jack Huff
Kenneth A. Peeler

May 1973
College leases former Globe Universal Science Inc. headquarters at 4805 Andrews Highway.

October 1973
College awards Area Builders the bid for foundations of first four campus buildings.

  • Administration
  • Science-Faculty
  • Occupational Technology
  • Maintenance

 Groundbreaking held at 114-acre site near Garfield and Wadley streets.

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history construction lrcMay 1974
Midland College Foundation Board established.

October 1974
Midland College opens first learning resource center (library) in basement of Andrews Highway campus.

January 1975
First classes offered in newly finished buildings on the permanent MC campus.

Spring 1975
First MC creative writing contest held, instigated by English instructor Rebecca Tillapaugh Watson.  The contest continues today and was renamed the Rebecca T. Watson Creative Writing Contest, in honor of her service to MC.

history langford hodgeOctober 2, 1975
The Hodge Carillon Tower was erected in memory of Sanford John Hodge, Jr.  The gift was given to MC by Mr. and Mrs. J. Howard Hodge and Mrs. Nancy Rodman Hodge.

October 5, 1975
Official dedication of new campus attended by then Gov. Dolph Briscoe and other dignitaries.

December 1, 1975
MC Physical Education building opens.

MC Chaparrals’ basketball team hosts first home game on campus.

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September 15, 1978
Chaparral Center opens. After years of waiting, a crowd of thousands gathered at the inaugural event, Captain and Tennille live in concert.  Never before in Midland had there been an adequate facility to accommodate such a production.  Located in the southeast section of campus, it has approximately 73,000 square feet of floor space.  It holds 6,200 for concerts and shows; for sporting events, it seats about 5,000.

June 1979
Helon Y. Allison establishes the Allison Endowed Chair of Journalism when she donated $750,000 to the college. The fine arts building was named the Allison Fine Arts building.

Midland College added courses in architecture, air conditioning and refrigeration, and respiratory care.

August 1981
Founding President Al G. Langford retired after 12 years of service.

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