LSCS chancellor names two new college presidents

Published on: May 06, 2009

Lone Star College System Chancellor Dr. Richard Carpenter today announced the selections for two of the three college president position openings and announced that the third presidential search - at LSC-Montgomery - will be extended.

Dr. Audre Levy has accepted Dr. Carpenter's offer to serve as the next president of LSC-CyFair and Dr. Susan Karr accepted his offer to serve as LSC-Tomball's next president, the chancellor announced.

Both Dr. Levy and Dr. Karr will begin serving at their respective campuses this summer.

Dr. Carpenter said that while the presidential search is being extended at LSC-Montgomery, he is anticipating recommendations from the search committee members later this month.

Dr. Susan Karr has been the vice president of instruction at Ouachita Technical College, Malvern, Ark. for the past 16 years.  She has also served as dean of instruction at Indiana Technical College, East Central Region, Muncie, Ind., director of faculty grants and associate instructor at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke and the dean of planning, management and evaluation at North Arkansas Community College.

Dr. Karr holds a B.A. in psychology from the University of Maryland, a M.Ed. in human services management from Boston University and a Ph.D. in educational administration from the University of Texas at Austin Community College Leadership Program.

Dr. Audre Levy has been president of Glendale Community College, Glendale, Calif. for three years.  She has also served as president of Los Angeles Southwest Community College for five years, provost of Edison Community College, Naples, Fla., for four years and executive vice president and vice president of student services at San Jose/Evergreen Community Colleges, Calif. She has been assistant to the vice president of instruction and Title III director at Brookhaven College in the Dallas Community College District and administrator and counselor at Los Angeles Community College.

She holds a B.A. in public speech and a M.A. in education from Michigan State University; a M.S. in educational psychology and M.S. in administration from California State University; a M.A. in Divinity from Holmes Institute; and an Ed.D. in institutional management from Pepperdine University.

Dr. Carpenter noted that the feedback from all of those involved at both campuses in this process was important - students, community members, faculty, staff and administrators who attended the candidate forums or watched the videos of the forums.

"Your input was extremely valuable in helping me make my decision," he said.

The LSC-Tomball search consultant was Dr. Walter Bumphus of the Association of Community College Trustees, while Wheless Associates served as search consultant for the LSC-CyFair search.

Search advisory committee members at LSC-Tomball included: Dr. Persson, LSC-Kingwood president; David Birch, political science professor; Whitney Washam, SGA officer; Deena Donaho, PSSA president; Bruce Hillegeist, Greater Tomball Area Chamber of Commerce; Dr. Larry Rideaux, associate vice chancellor for student success; and Dr. Robert Jones, staff at LSC-Willow Chase Center.

Helen Clougherty, special assistant to the chancellor/board liaison served as search liaison for each of the position openings.

The LSC-CyFair presidential search advisory committee included: chair, Dr. Steve Head, president, LSC-North Harris; faculty, Idolina Hernandez, professor sociology, faculty senate president and Dr. James Seymour, professor history; student, Lucy Vo, Phi Theta Kappa; PSSA, J. Meanette Martino, PSSA president; community representative, Reginald Lillie, Reginald Lillie Insurance Service; system office, Dr. Linda Luehrs Wolfe, associate vice chancellor curriculum and instruction; and staff, Dr. Diana Pino, dean, student services.

Lone Star College System consists of five colleges, including LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, and LSC-Tomball, six centers and Lone Star College-University Center. With more than 50,000 students in credit classes this spring, LSCS is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area and third largest community college system in Texas. To learn more, visit LoneStar.edu.

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