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Lone Star College System faculty honored by national organization

The National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) at The University of Texas at Austin announced that 24 Lone Star College System faculty members will receive the NISOD Excellence Award. 

The NISOD Excellence Award provides NISOD members the opportunity to acknowledge and honor individuals who have made exceptional contributions at their respective institutions. Receiving a NISOD Excellence Award demonstrates that the recipient’s college identifies and appreciates their educational contributions

“We are extremely proud of this year’s honorees,” said Keri Rogers, LSCS vice chancellor, academic affairs. “Their hard work and efforts help make Lone Star College one of the most-respected colleges, not only in Texas, but in the country.” 

“Recognizing those individuals who have contributed to student success and their colleges’ mission is something we look forward to doing each year,” said Dr. Edward J. Leach, NISOD’s director. “The extraordinary work of these men and women includes not only what they do for their students and colleagues, but what they do for the communities in which they live and work. We’re honored to be able to play a part in celebrating their achievements.”

Excellence Award recipients will be celebrated during NISOD’s annual International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence, May 25-28, in Austin, Texas. During the Excellence Awards Dinner and Celebration each Excellence Award recipient receives a specially-cast, pewter medallion hung on a burnt-orange ribbon. 

The LSCS faculty members being honored are:


John Burghduff
Fay Lee
Shawn Miller
Lori Richter

Mari Peddycourt
John Theis
Loris Zucca 


Anitha Iyer
Juan Lebron
David Qualres
Amy Roberson

 LSC-North Harris

David Dahnke
Norma Drepaul
Robert Locander
Michael McFarland


Christine Bradford
Marvin Lowery
Mari-Carmen Marin
John Rollins
Pamela Womack
 LSC-University Park

Martha Donnelly
Sharon Miller
Greg Oaks
Thomas Rogers

In addition, presentations at the conference involving Excellence Award recipients are indicated in the conference program with a special icon. All Excellence Award recipients and their colleges will also be listed in a multipage display in a special edition of Community College Week.

Created in 1978, the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) is a consortium of community and technical colleges that share a commitment to supporting excellence in teaching, learning and leadership. NISOD supports its member colleges by providing professional development resources and learning experiences, including practitioner publications, webinars, the annual International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence, the NISOD Excellence Awards, and more. For more information about NISOD, visit www.nisod.org.

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.