Published on: January 14, 2014
Lone Star College System
recently held dedication ceremonies to honor the service of a former board
chair and chancellor emeritus.
A crowd of nearly 200 local,
state and national leaders including U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, Texas State
Sen. John Whitmire, Texas State Rep. Sylvester Turner and city of Houston Mayor
Pro Tem Ed Gonzalez, as well as friends and family, attended a ceremony to
congratulate and honor Wm. “Randy” Bates on the renaming of the main building
at LSC-Victory Center.
During his 20-plus years as
board member and chair, LSCS grew from less than 20,000 students and three
colleges in 1991 to six colleges with 78,000 credit students and a total
enrollment of 90,000.
At a separate ceremony, more
than 100 dignitaries and guests including Harris County tax assessor-collector
and Lone Star College-Kingwood graduate, Mike Sullivan,
gathered at LSC-Kingwood to honor former system
Chancellor Dr. John E. Pickelman and celebrate the renaming of the John E.
Pickelman Student Conference Center.
Under Dr. Pickelman’s
direction from 1991 - 2007, enrollment at Lone Star College, then known as
North Harris Montgomery Community College District, rose from 14,000 to 49,000
students. Not long after Dr. Pickelman’s retirement, the college became the Lone
Star College System in 2008.
“The impact these leaders had
on helping grow the educational opportunities for countless numbers of students
cannot be overstated” said Dr. Richard Carpenter, LSCS chancellor. “They played
such a major role in developing the Lone Star College System into what it is
Lone Star College System has been opening doors
to a better community for 40 years. Founded in 1973, LSCS remains steadfast in
its commitment to student success and credential completion. Today, with 78,000
students in credit classes, 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 the
nation. Dr. Richard Carpenter is the chancellor of LSCS, which consists of
six colleges including LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North
Harris, LSC-Tomball and LSC-University Park, five centers, LSC-University
Center at Montgomery, LSC-University Center at University Park, Lone Star
Corporate College, and LSC-Online.
Lone Star College-Victory
Center recently dedicated its main building to be named after Wm. Randy Bates.
Pictured left to right are Dr. Richard Carpenter, LSCS chancellor; Priscilla Kelly, LSCS board trustee;
Wm. “Randy” Bates; and Dr. Steve Head, LSC-North Harris president.
Lone Star College-Kingwood
recently dedicated and renamed its conference center to the John E. Pickelman
Pictured left to right are Dr. Katherine Persson,
LSC-Kingwood president; Stephanie Marquard, LSCS board trustee;
and Dr. Richard Carpenter, LSCS chancellor.