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LSCS chancellor appoints interim CEO at LSC-University Park

Chancellor Dr. Richard Carpenter has announced the appointment of Penny Westerfeld as the interim chief executive officer for Lone Star College-University Park. Her assignment officially began on Jan. 4

LSC-University Park, located at SH249 and Louetta Road, is now registering students and will open with classes on Jan. 19 for the spring semester.

A native Houstonian, Westerfeld has worked with the Lone Star College System for 30 years serving most recently as the interim president of LSC-Montgomery. She has also served as executive director of LSC-University Center; vice president of community and economic development at LSC-Kingwood and dean of community education, as well as associate dean for business and technology; and as a professor at LSC-North Harris.

Westerfeld’s career awards include: “Visionary” Woman-of-Achievement award ; an exemplary program award recipient by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board; Outstanding Training Provider team award recipient for the National Workforce Training Act; Texas Business Education Teacher-of-the-Year; and the Woman of Distinction Award by the American Association of Women in Community Colleges.

Westerfeld has participated in both Leadership North Houston and Leadership Montgomery County, and has served as ex-officio on the board of directors and on the Career Expo Committee for South Montgomery County/The Woodlands Chamber of Commerce. She is a longstanding member of The Rotary Club of The Woodlands, and is an active member of Kingwood First Baptist Church and the Chi Omega Fraternity.

Westerfeld is a graduate of Sam Houston State University with a bachelor’s of business administration degree and the University of Houston with a master’s of education degree.

“Penny’s well-respected career at Lone Star College and her strong visibility in the community make her an ideal interim chief executive officer for Lone Star College-University Park,” said Carpenter.

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 Park, LSC-University Center @ Montgomery, LSC-University Center @ University Park, Lone Star Corporate College, and LSC-Online. With more than 59,000 students in credit classes last fall, LSCS is the second largest and the fastest-growing community college system in Texas and the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area. To learn more visit LoneStar.edu.