Dr. Austin A. Lane was appointed as the third president of Lone Star College-Montgomery on July 20, 2009 by Chancellor Richard Carpenter of the Lone Star College System. A seasoned administrator who leads by example, Dr. Lane has amassed a stellar list of credentials during the course of his career in higher education. As president, he leads one of the fastest growing institutions in the State of Texas and the nation.
A native of New Jersey, Dr. Lane graduated from Hackensack High School and attended Odessa Junior College in West Texas on a basketball scholarship. He holds a B.A. in psychology from Langston University, M.A. in human relations from The University of Oklahoma, Ph.D. in psychology from Walden University, and Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) in higher education administration from The University of Alabama.
Lauded as an innovator and visionary leader, Dr. Lane’s career in higher education is marked by a variety of successive leadership roles and professional achievements, affording him experience in virtually every aspect of administration and teaching. Before joining Lone Star College-Montgomery, Dr. Lane served as vice president for student affairs at Tyler Junior College and was responsible for directing a college-wide strategic enrollment management team that posted the largest enrollment in the school’s history. He also planned, developed, and oversaw several construction projects that were designed to enhance the academic and student service reputation of the college. Prior to joining Tyler Junior College, he served as the dean of students at The University of Texas at Arlington and was instrumental in planning and overseeing several student success initiatives that were designed to increase enrollment and retention.
In addition to his administrative experience, Dr. Lane has also served as an adjunct professor in the College of Education at The University of Texas at Arlington, adjunct professor in the Behavioral and Social Sciences department at Tarrant County College-Southeast Campus, and has served as an on-site reviewer for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). He has also conducted extensive research on traditional-age, low-income, African-American and Hispanic students in the State of Texas and has published two doctoral dissertations that focus on access to higher education, affordability, need-based vs. merit-based aid, college persistence, and student success.
Dr. Lane is also active in the community and serves on the Amegy’s Advisory Board, United Way Board, South Montgomery County Woodlands Chamber of Commerce, Greater Conroe/Lake Conroe Area Chamber of Commerce, Greater Conroe Economic Development Council, SMU Education Policy and Leadership Advisory Board, and Education for Tomorrow Alliance board of directors.