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LSCS to hold board of trustee elections on May 8

(March 12, 2010) – Voters will decide at the polls on May 8 which of 11 candidates will fill three positions on the Lone Star College System Board of Trustees.

All places on the nine-member LSCS Board are at-large positions and terms are for six years. Board members serve as volunteers without pay.

Filing for Position 5 are: incumbent David Vogt, David Branham, Gail Stanart and Glenn Ware.  Those who filed for Position 6 include: incumbent Bob Wolfe, Margaret L. Cox, Rick Diaz and Elizabeth “Liz” Jensen. And Position 7 candidates will be: incumbent Richard Campbell, Linda S. Good and Vernon Reed.  Deadline for filing was Monday, March 8 and the candidate draw, for positions on the official ballot, was also held on Monday.

Major responsibilities of LSCS board members include: appointing the chancellor; setting board and system policies; contracting system assets; ratifying employment contracts; approving various system business activities; establishing tax rates; setting budgets; and monitoring and reviewing the performance of the system.

“We are pleased that there is so much interest in Lone Star College and in serving on the board of trustees,” said Dr. Richard Carpenter, LSCS chancellor. “Our board members are extremely important to the overall operation of the college system and we are grateful that so many give so freely of their time to serve.”

The six-year terms of board members are staggered in order to consistently have board members with experience in place, said Helen Clougherty, LSCS special assistant to the chancellor and board liaison.

Qualifications to serve as a LSCS board member include: candidate must be a United States citizen; must be 18 years of age; must be a registered voter; must have not been finally convicted of a felony from which he/she has not been pardoned or otherwise released from resulting disabilities; must not have been finally determined mentally incapacitated; and must have lived in the state of Texas for the last 12 months and within the Lone Star College System for the last six months.

To file for the board, applicants had to submit a $200 filing fee or a petition with 200 signatures. There are a number of Texas Election code rules that apply to board candidates and those rules may be found in an instructional memo from Dr. Carpenter, along with other election information, at LoneStar.edu/14038.htm

The elections will be held on May 8 at various locations throughout the system, which will be published at a later date. Early voting will take place from April 26 – May 4.

With more than 62,000 students in credit classes in spring 2010, Lone Star College System is the second largest and the fastest-growing community college system in Texas and the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area. LSCS 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 at Montgomery, LSC-University Center at University Park, Lone Star Corporate College, and LSC-Online. To learn more visit LoneStar.edu.