Dr. Linda Stegall, president of Lone Star College-Kingwood for the past eight years, has announced her decision to retire from her position effective August 31, 2008.
The decision to step down has been one she has been contemplating for more than a year. The timing of her announcement will allow sufficient time for the system’s new chancellor, Dr. Richard Carpenter, and the board of trustees to conduct a national search for a successor. “I have been working full-time in education for over 42 years,” Dr. Stegall said. “Of all of those, I have to say that the last eight years as president of LSC-Kingwood have been the most rewarding which has only made my decision more difficult. This is such a wonderful college with the finest faculty, staff, and students.” Dr. Stegall came to North Harris Community College District in 1994 to serve as vice chancellor of education and student services, a position she held for five years. Prior service includes several administrative positions with the Dallas County Community College District: vice president of instruction at the district’s El Centro and Mountain View Colleges, district director of career and continuing education, and as district director of occupational education. Before her employment with Dallas, she held an administrative position with the Texas Education Agency and teaching posts at Tarrant County Junior College, and Castleberry and Richland High Schools. In retirement, Dr. Stegall will spend more time with her family, especially her grandchildren, as well as pursue more leisurely interests as well as new business ones, she said. She will remain professionally active through volunteer work with various agencies and with the System Foundation. Dr. Stegall has served as LSC-Kingwood president since 1999. Under her leadership the college has seen tremendous change. Enrollment has grown from 4,000 students in 1999 to more than 7,900 in 2007. A two-year associate degree nursing program with an enrollment of 240 students has been added as well as a dental hygiene program currently enrolled to capacity. The Health/Science building, which opened three years ago, stands as one of her greatest accomplishments. Throughout her career, Dr. Stegall has been a strong advocate for students. “When I attend student events such as pinning and induction ceremonies, award banquets, and graduations; I am reminded of why we are here,” she said. “The pride on their faces and the faces of their family members is priceless to me. It is what has kept me involved and committed to community college administration and teaching for the past 36 years.” Dr. Stegall earned her Bachelor of Business Administration, Master of Business Education, and a Doctorate of Education from the University of North Texas in Denton. She also studied at Sam Houston State University and the University of Texas – Austin. She is a member of numerous professional and community organizations. She serves on the Humble Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and has served as a board member Leadership North Houston and the Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce. She is an active member of the Humble Intercontinental Rotary Club and sits on the board of Kingwood Medical Center. She is actively involved with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Accreditation process where she has served as chair of reaccreditation teams. “There is never a perfect time to leave, but I am convinced that it is time for me to step aside and allow new leadership, new energy, and new ideas to take this college to even greater heights,” said Dr. Stegall. Lone Star College System consists of five colleges, including Cy-Fair, Kingwood, Montgomery, North Harris, and Tomball, six centers and the Lone Star College-University Center. With 49,250 students, it is the largest college system in the Houston area, and third largest community college district in Texas. To learn more, visit lonestar.edu