Office of External Affairs

Ray Laughter

Under the direction of Ray Laughter, vice chancellor for External Affairs, the Office of External Affairs provides information, leadership and support to the communities served by Lone Star College.

The Office of External Affairs includes:

External Affairs

The office endeavors to establish comprehensive programming to expand and sustain the community's trust in the institution and continueto build a positive relationship between the college and the general public. The office serves as the college's primary point of contact with elected and appointed local, state and federal government officials.

The office develops strategies and activities to ensure consideration by federal, state and local government officials. In addition, it holds the charge of overseeing and implementing legislative and regulatory relationships with the Congress, State Legislature, City Council and County Commission, and governmental offices and agencies, chambers of commerce and community at all levels.

Marketing & Communications

The Office of Marketing & Communications oversees the college system's marketing, branding, communications and digital marketing resources.

Communications & Media Relations
Responsible for developing, planning and implementing communications, marketing and media relations strategies and tactics.

Digital Services
Provides web design and development, rich media content, digital signage and video services

Marketing Services
Provides assistance with marketing and communications projects and plans for external departments or offices, and ensures that these plans are coordinated with the overall goals and strategies of Lone Star College.

Creative Services
Provides and produces general print pieces about Lone Star College including schedules, catalogues, brochures, invitations and more.

Community and Economic Development

Community Leadership Institute
Provides leadership programs for community and student leaders.

Small Business Development Center
Provides business counseling for business owners or prospective owners of companies with less than 500 employees. Counselors are located at each campus to assist clients.

North Houston Regional Center for Economic Development
The North Houston Regional Center for Economic Development (NHRCED) is proud to serve the more than 1,400 square miles of towns, districts, and unincorporated communities that comprise the region. NHRCED works in collaboration with regional EDOs, chambers of commerce, business and industry, and government agencies and officials to ensure that our region continues to provide value and profitability to businesses seeking to relocate or to expand to our region.