Those who know Kathy Adkins sum up her contributions to education as building bridges with students, parents, faculty and staff at Lone Star College-Kingwood.
Her tireless efforts have afforded several promotions and now the prestigious honor of being FamilyTime Crisis and Counseling’s Woman of Achievement (WOA) in Education. Adkins, along with 12 other women, will be honored at FamilyTime’s annual fundraising gala on Jan. 28, 2012.
“My nomination for WOA was a complete surprise. Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought I would be so honored,” Adkins said. “When I received word that I had been chosen for WOA, I was overwhelmed. It is such a privilege to work in this environment and with so many other deserving women.”
As director of Counseling and Advising in Student Services and a professor of EDUC 1300 courses at the college, Adkins works hard to make sure that traditional and nontraditional students realize that their dreams of a college education is within their reach. Entering the education field 14 years ago at LSC-Kingwood, the WOA honoree worked three years in Continuing Education; nine years in Admissions and the last two years in Advising.
“My motivation to work in education was a personal one. I never completed by under graduate degree when I originally began college in 1969. When the opportunity to work at LSC-Kingwood was offered, I felt that this was an answered prayer because my college degree had always been a piece of unfinished business in my life,” Adkins said. “I stay in education because working with young people is so rewarding and they make me feel young!”
While working at LSC-Kingwood, Adkins earned her undergraduate degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Houston-Downtown and a master’s degree in Liberal Arts from the University of St. Thomas. In addition to her position she served as an advisor for the New Student Association, GAMERS Club and Phi Theta Kappa.
“Kathy’s compassion and commitment to students are second to none and her great attitude makes the difference between getting the tasks done and making them fun,” said Devon Alexander, Continuing Education director at LSC-Kingwood.
Outside of LSC-Kingwood, Adkins is a committed volunteer. She is a member of the Kingwood Women’s Club and has spent many hours volunteering for different projects. She also volunteers with The Mission Northeast. Prior to entering the education field, Adkins spent 20 years in the Houston real estate market specializing in commercial high-rise properties. In her spare time, she looks forward to her weekly Zumba classes and to weekends in Bolivar rebuilding on Crystal Beach. Adkins is married to Henry and is the proud mother of three sons and grandmother of five.
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With more than 75,000 students in credit classes for fall 2011, and a total enrollment of more than 90,000, Lone Star College System is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area, and the fastest-growing community college system in Texas. Dr. Richard Carpenter is the chancellor of LSCS, which 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 www.LoneStar.edu.