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Lone Star College System moves forward with chancellor search

The Lone Star College System Board of Trustees announced that it is moving forward with the process to select a new chancellor.

Dr. Richard Carpenter, current chancellor, announced last month that he is retiring at the end of this school year.

LSCS Trustees are charged by Texas law with the legal authority and judiciary responsibility to select the new chancellor.  LSCS sent a request for proposals to 35 search firms and responses were received by nine firms. LSCS reviewed and ranked the proposals according to the criteria listed below:

Price (fee structure and expenses).
Qualifications/experience/service needs met.
Vendor’s reputation (relevant references).
Quality of services.
Vendor’s past performances.
Long-term costs.
Other relevant factors.

LSCS recommended the top firm to Dr. David Holsey, board chairman, who then conveyed the recommendation to the board’s search committee, comprised of Trustees Robert Adam, Priscilla Kelly and Ron Trowbridge. Gold Hill Associates was selected to conduct the search.

Early next month, search committee members will meet with Gold Hill Associates to develop the position profile, and establish and present the qualifications sought and required for the chancellor.

Gold Hill Associates will conduct open forums at each of the six Lone Star Colleges to solicit recommendations and comments from faculty, staff and students, which will be recorded and presented in writing to the search committee.

Around May 1, the search committee members will again meet with the search consultant to select semi-finalist candidates for interviews, which will take place later in May. The search committee will select finalists based on these interviews.

The finalists will be on each campus for open forums with faculty and staff and the public at large. All comments at these open forums will also be put in writing for the search committee’s consideration.

The search committee will then select the finalist for recommendation to the full board. A special board meeting will be called to announce the single finalist. The final decision must be public for 21 days before it is official.

Anyone interested can apply for the position of chancellor by submitting an application to Gold Hill Associates at preston@goldhillassociates.com.  General queries about the search may be sent to Chancellor.Search2014@lonestar.edu.

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 one of the fastest-growing community college systems 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, seven centers, LSC-University Center at Montgomery, LSC-University Center at University Park, Lone Star Corporate College, and LSC-Online. To learn more visit LoneStar.edu.