About Lone Star College


Lone Star College System, the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area, is nationally recognized, globally connected and locally focused. Known for its innovative and visionary thinking, Lone Star College System is the fastest-growing community college in the nation and a major contributor to the local and regional economy.


LSCS offers associate degrees and certification in many areas of study at a fraction of the cost of a four-year university like UT. Through its progressive partnerships with many four-year universities, LSCS also offers seamless opportunities to obtain bachelor's and master's degrees at one of its two University Centers.

Throughout its 40 year history, Lone Star College has been steadfast in its commitment to student success and credential completion. Currently leading the charge to improve completion rates, LSCS is one of the only colleges in the nation to establish a formal Office of Completion and is the managing partner of Texas Completes, the statewide initiative that brings together five Texas college systems to advance deep student success reform.

At a Glance

Chancellor: Dr. Stephen Head

Founded: 1972

Student Enrollment: 90,000

Colleges: 6

University Centers: 2

Additional Centers: 7

Partner ISDs:11

2013-2014 Operating Budget: $317,790,000

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We're Close To Home

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9191 Barker Cypress Road
Cypress, TX 77433


20000 Kingwood Drive
Kingwood, TX 77339


3200 College Park Drive
Conroe, TX 77384

north harris

LSC-North Harris
2700 W.W. Thorne Drive
Houston, TX 77073-3499


30555 Tomball Parkway
Tomball, TX 77375

LSC-University Park
20515 SH 249
Houston, TX 77070


LSCS has experienced tremendous growth since it began 40 years ago and growth has compounded in recent years. Students are turning to community colleges like LSCS more and more for exceptional educational opportunities with affordable tuition.


SACSThe Lone Star College System is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award Associate of Arts, Associate of Arts in Teaching, Associate of Science and Associate of Applied Science Degrees.

Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of The Lone Star College System, to file a third-party comment at the time of the ten-year review, and to file a complaint against the institution for alleged non-compliance with a standard or requirement. Normal inquiries about Lone Star College System such as admissions requirement, financial aid, educational programs, etc. should be addressed directly to Lone Star College System and not to the Commission's office.

Accredited since 1976, Lone Star's accreditation was reaffirmed in 2012.


Board of Trustees

Position 1: David Holsey, D.D.S.
Position 2: Kyle A. Scott, Ph. D.
Position 3: Stephanie Marquard
Position 4: Robert J. Adam, JD
Position 5: David A. Vogt
Position 6: Bob Wolfe, JD, CPA
Position 7: Linda S. Good, JD
Position 8: Ron Trowbridge, Ph. D.
Position 9: Priscilla Kelly

Executive Council

Dr. Stephen Head
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Senior Vice Chancellor/COO
Rand W. Key
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Special Assistant to the Chancellor/Board Liaison
Helen Clougherty

Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs
Keri Rogers
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Vice Chancellor, Student Success
Juanita Chrysanthou
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Vice Chancellor, Administration & Finance/CFO
Cynthia Gilliam
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Vice Chancellor, External Affairs
Ray Laughter
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General Counsel
Brian S. Nelson
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Vice Chancellor, Technology Services/CIO
Link Alander
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Our Mission

quoteLone Star College System provides comprehensive educational opportunities and programs to enrich lives.

Our Vision

quoteLone Star College System is recognized globally as the premier community college for student success, innovation and partnerships.

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Community College Advantage

We're close to home.
We're affordable.
We want you to succeed.

Careers. Not just jobs.
LSCS offers a wide variety of degree programs designed to prepare you for employment in a specific career.
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Start here. Transfer anywhere.
LSCS Advisors can assist you in applying for admission, choosing courses that will transfer to your desired university, and assist you with the registration process. We're here for you! Learn How to Transfer to a University

1/5 the cost of UT Austin.
Consider this: Many students leave four-year universities with a diploma but empty pockets and the burden of school loans for years to come. With higher education costs on the rise, Lone Star College System is one of the most affordable options today to earn a college degree, certificate or continuing education hours. See our Tuition & Fees


Budget 2013-2014 - $317,790,000

Funding Sources 2013-2014
Property Tax - $109,570,000
State Funds - $72,510,000
Other -$6,380,000
Auxiliary -$14,700,000
Tuition & Fees - $104,970,000

Property Tax Rates
Maintenance and Operations - $0.0825
Interest and Sinking - $0.0335
Tax Rate Total - $0.1160




Lone Star College System has been opening doors to a better community for 40 years. With its beginnings in 1973, LSCS remains steadfast in its commitment to student success and credential completion.  

In 1972, residents in the Aldine, Humble and Spring Independent School Districts elected to create a junior college district, which became known as North Harris County College. The college opens its doors in the fall of 1973 and the 16-member staff welcomed 613 students to the first classes held at Aldine High School.

Fast forward 40 years and Lone Star College System has grown to six colleges, multiple centers and two University Centers with 78,000 credit students and a total of more than 90,000 students.

LSCS is now the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area and is one of the fastest-growing community college systems in the nation.

Five years ago, in 2008,Lone Star College System became the new name for the North Harris Montgomery Community College District after months of deliberation and a polling process that included input from more than 5,000 participants from the community. The board of trustees voted unanimously to change the name to Lone Star College System, which was the overwhelmingly favorite choice among those who participated.

The original three school districts have been joined by eight others: New Caney in 1981, Tomball in 1982, Conroe in 1991, Willis and Splendora in 1996, Klein in 1998, and Cypress-Fairbanks and Magnolia in 2000.

The Lone Star College System offices were relocated to their current location in The Woodlands in 2003. The Training and Development Center was added to serve as the home of the district's monthly board meetings as well as create an ideal learning facility for the college system and the community.

LSC-Cyfair History
LSC-Kingwood History
LSC-Montgomery History
LSC-North Harris History
LSC-Tomball History
LSC-University Park


pdf Report Card to the Community
pdf Student Demographics
pdf Policy Manual
pdf 2012-2015 Strategic Goals
pdf Economic Impact Report
pdf What We Believe About Student Success
pdf Completion Task Force Recommendations

Star Newsletter

The Star Newsletter is distributed to every home in the Lone Star College System service area.

Archived Newsletters
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PDF Icon Fall 2012
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SilverStar Newsletter

The SilverStar Newsletter is distributed to residents age 65+ in the Lone Star College System service area. For more information, visit our Media Relations page.

Archived Newsletters
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College Presidents

Dr. Audre Levy
President, Lone Star College-CyFair
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Dr. Katherine Persson
President, Lone Star College-Kingwood
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Dr. Austin Lane
President, Lone Star College System-Montgomery
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Penny Westerfeld
Interim President, Lone Star College-North Harris
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Dr. Lee Ann Nutt
Acting President, Lone Star College-Tomball
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Shah Ardalan
President, Lone Star College-University Park
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