Lone Star College-North Harris speech professor Wade Hescht has been named the recipient of the National Communication Association's (NCA) Michael and Suzanne Osborn Community College Outstanding Educator Award for 2017. Hescht was formally recognized at the NCA Annual Convention on November 16 in Dallas.
This award recognizes an individual who has made an outstanding contribution through teaching at a community college. Nominees must be NCA members who have made outstanding contributions to education at community colleges and who exemplify excellence in teaching, scholarship and service to the speech communication profession and have a minimum of five years of teaching experience at a community college.
"I knew that I had been nominated, but never dreamed that I would be selected," said Hescht. "There are so many incredible instructors in my field producing work that is truly inspiring today. I am just honored to be in their company. Seeing my name and Lone Star College-North Harris added to the list of winners of this award will be one of the highlights of my career."
Hescht, a speech professor at LSC-North Harris for nearly 22 years, currently serves as the department chair of the speech department. Hescht credits his former LSC-North Harris professors for inspiring him to pursue his passion.
"I began my college career right here at Lone Star College-North Harris back in 1986. I established a wondering foundation for my educational career through the guidance of amazing instructors. Being involved in speech and debate has changed my life in so many rewarding ways. The most rewarding aspect is watching my students grow and find their voices. For the past 20 plus years, I have had the pleasure of being involved in an activity that benefits our students, our college, our system and our community by teaching them to conceptualize and communicate ideas clearly and effectively," added Hescht.
Hescht holds a Bachelor of Arts in Drama from the University of St. Thomas and Master of Arts in Drama from the University of Houston, in addition to completing 18 graduate hours in Speech Communication.
Lone Star College-North Harris is located at 2700 W.W. Thorne Drive, one-half mile south of FM 1960 East, between Aldine-Westfield and Hardy Roads. For more information about the college, call 281.618.5400 or visit LoneStar.edu/NorthHarris.
Lone Star College offers high-quality, low-cost academic transfer and career training education to 99,000 students each semester. LSC is training tomorrow’s workforce today and redefining the community college experience to support student success. Stephen C. Head, Ph.D., serves as chancellor of LSC, the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area with an annual economic impact of $3.1 billion. LSC consists of six colleges, eight centers, two university centers, Lone Star Corporate College and LSC-Online. To learn more, visit LoneStar.edu.