Dr. Katherine Persson entered the education field with the passion to teach and help others reach their learning potential. Katherine became the president of Lone Star College-Kingwood in August 2008 after serving two-and-half years as president of the Portland Community College Rock Creek Campus in Oregon.
Katherine is no stranger to the Humble/Kingwood/Atascocita and East Montgomery County community as most of her educational career has been in the Lone Star College System. She began teaching in the anatomy and physiology labs part-time when North Harris College opened in 1977 and was hired in 1984 as a full-time biology instructor at the Kingwood campus. During her tenure, she served as the Biology Department coordinator, associate dean of Science, Health Care, and Applied Technology, and vice president of Educational Programs and Student Development.
Katherine represents LSC-Kingwood on various community organizations such as the Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce board of directors and the Community Chamber of Commerce of East Montgomery County board. Previously, she served as an elected school board trustee for the Splendora Independent School District for 16 years; eight as a board chair.
Katherine earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Texas State University, San Marcos; a Master of Science degree in Biology from Texas Women's University, Texas Medical Center, Houston; and a Ph.D. in Educational Administration from the University of Texas, Austin.
During her years of service, Katherine received the Splendora R. B. Tullis Community Service Award; recognized as a distinguished graduate by the University of Texas College of Education; acknowledged as a visiting scholar and distinguished scholar by the Community College Leadership Program; and honored as the Hometown Hero Award by the Community Chamber of Commerce of East Montgomery County.
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The office of the President provides coordinated leadership to the college community to create an environment which best fosters the proactive pursuit of education and the enrichment of the community as a whole. The Kingwood Campus President's Office is responsible for several departments. Information on these departments can be found under College Relations.