LSCS appoints new director of Community Leadership Institute

Kay Fitzsimons

Kay Fitzsimons has been appointed as the new director of the Lone Star College Community Leadership Institute. 

The announcement was made by Ray Laughter, vice chancellor of external affairs. Fitzsimons takes over the reins from Cathy Owens, who retired from the position in August.

 “We are very fortunate to find someone like Kay, who not only has first-hand knowledge of some of the key components like the Community Development Institute and the Collegiate Leadership Program, but also has experience running regional leadership programs for adults and students,” said Laughter. “I believe the community will benefit from her leadership for many years.”

Speaking on behalf of the Leadership North Houston Board of Directors, chairman Lowell Little said the board members are excited about having Kay as a part of the organization.

“The board is confident that Kay will guide the Leadership North Houston program to new heights while preserving the visions and values which Leadership North Houston has become known for,” Little said.

Fitzsimons most recently served as program coordinator, media relations, at LSC-Kingwood, a position she had served in for three years.

Prior to her position at LSC-Kingwood, Fitzsimons directed the Leadership Fort Bend County programs that include both an adult as well as a high school leadership program.  There, she was also responsible for the Leadership Excellence program associated with Leadership Fort Bend County. 

As director of CLI, Fitzsimons will be responsible for the Leadership North Houston program, two high school leadership programs, the Collegiate Leadership Institute, and the Texas Community Development Institute.

Fitzsimons said she has enjoyed the process of working with leadership programs in the past and is excited to help move the CLI programs to the next level.

“For community-based leadership programs, watching people progress as they learn from each other … the class becomes a community.  To see that connection, to see that evolve,” she said. “That’s a good thing for the class members.”

Fitzsimons, who lives in The Woodlands area, is married with a 5-year old daughter.

Lone Star College System consists of five colleges including LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, and LSC-Tomball, six centers, LSC-University Center, LSC-University Park, Lone Star Corporate College, and LSC-Online. With more than 58,000 students in credit classes this fall, 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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