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“HEAD TO HEAD” – Dr. Stephen Head to be new Chancellor at LSCS

HOUSTON (June 10, 2014) – The Lone Star College System Board of Trustees on Tuesday voted unanimously to name Dr. Steve Head as the next chancellor of LSCS.

The announcement was made as part of a special board meeting that took place at the system office June 10. According to the board, Dr. Head was also the first choice of the selection committee.

Texas law requires a 21-day waiting period before a formal vote can be made to approve Dr. Head as chancellor. Board members will take a public vote at a date and time to be announced later in the board room of the Lone Star College Training and Development Center, 5000 Research Forest Drive, The Woodlands, TX 77381.

“Lone Star College is poised for great things and Steve Head has the credentials and experience to continue to move Lone Star College in the right direction,” said Dr. David Holsey, LSCS board chair. “This college will be in very capable hands with Steve at the helm.”

Dr. Head has served as the president of Lone Star College-North Harris since 2007. At LSCS he has also held the position of executive vice chancellor, acting chief operating officer, and president of LSC-Kingwood, among other positions. Dr. Head received his Ph.D. in history from Texas Tech University, and M.A. and B.A. in history from Lamar University in Beaumont.

LSCS was assisted in its search by consultant Gold Hill Associates, which conducted open forums at each of the six Lone Star Colleges and system office to solicit recommendations and comments from faculty, staff and students, which was then recorded and presented in writing to the search committee.

The search committee, comprised of Chairman Holsey and Trustees Robert Adam, Priscilla Kelly and Ron Trowbridge, interviewed six semi-finalist candidates and selected two finalists based on those interviews. The other finalist, Dr. Michael Burke, informed Gold Hill Associates this weekend that he was withdrawing from the chancellor search for personal reasons.

Dr. Richard Carpenter, who served as chancellor since 2007, announced in February that he was retiring as chancellor this summer.

Neighborhood Centers speak to Optimist club

EAST ALDINE – The Aldine Optimist club heard a presentation last Wednesday at their lunch meeting, from Carlos Pax and Jose Rivera regarding plans for NCI to build a new building in the Town Center that would offer Aldine residents job training, academic classes, tax center, a credit union, small shops, and other services that residents are asking for.

The speakers explained that they are in the midst of 100 interviews of local residents, to determine what services are needed in Aldine, and them NCI will tailor their new facility to meet these needs along with partners.

Neighborhoods Centers currently has over 70 locations throughout the Houston area, but most of these are in conjunction with other agencies.

Types of facilities or services offered through NCI include Neighborhood Centers, Economic Development, Healthy Start, Early childhood Development, Charter Schools, Head Start Centers, School-based Head Start Centers, Workforce offices, Utility Assistance & Weatherization, Disaster Recovery, Veteran Services, and Senior Centers.

Rivera said that NCI currently operates two free standing neighborhood centers, and East Aldine would be the third.

Based on interviews that he had conducted to date, Rivera said that some of the services requested have been tax center, credit union, citizenship services, small retail shop space, workforce job provision and training, youth programs, and a “business incubator” a special type of space that would be flexible and help people start-up their own businesses.

NCI has indicated they will build a 20,000 square foot building on the Town Center site, and it will contain many of the services mentioned above as a need for the community.