College President Killed In Wreck

Sunday, October 14th 2007, 7:55 pm
By: News On 6

ARPELAR, Okla. (AP) -- Services are pending for the president of Murray State College, who died when his vehicle collided with another vehicle in southern Oklahoma.

Sixty-four-year-old William D. Pennington was killed about 11:30 Saturday night on U.S. Highway 270 near Arpelar.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says Pennington's vehicle was headed west when an eastbound car swerved to avoid debris in the road, colliding head-on with Pennington's car. He died at the scene.

His wife, Martha, an East Central University president, was flown by medical helicopter to Saint Francis Hospital in Tulsa. Her condition wasn't immediately available.

William Pennington became president of Murray State in 2004. Before then, he had been dean and professor of history at Northwestern Oklahoma State University's Enid campus since 1997. Before that, he was the dean of humanities and social sciences on the main campus in Alva.

He and Martha Pennington were married July 7th.

He is survived by his son David Pennington and daughters, Martha Link and Mallory