Lone Star College Kingwood reopens better than ever
18 February, 2019
After Hurricane Harvey caused severe damage to Lone Star College-Kingwood, the administration's top priority was addressing the needs of its students and employees. College leaders created and implemented a new academic business plan in 23 days to keep students in class. All employees were paid on the regular dates even though many were relocated to other sites, and faculty were training to learn how to teach entire classes online. LSC-Kingwood sustained nearly $60 million in damages. After 15 months of remediating soiled buildings, replacing lost content, and reconstructing campus facilities, the campus is now ready to serve more than 10,000 students.
Lone Star College-KIngwood held a reopening celebration and ribbon cutting on February 15, 2019, in the Administration and Performing Arts Center Building.
Dr. Katherine Persson, President of LSC-Kingwood, welcomed the attendees and thanked many. "As educators, we know we change lives for the better. Our Harvey recovery experience has forever changed us for the better," said Dr. Persson. "It has tested our grit and flexibility. It has made us more appreciative of one another."
She then introduced Chancellor of Lone Star College Dr. Stephen Head. "As a former president of what was then called Kingwood College and a longtime resident of Kingwood, I know what an important role this college plays in the community." remarked Dr. Head, "The reason we are here today is due to the tremendous efforts of the LSC-Kingwood faculty and staff. They truly personify what it means to be Lone Star College strong."
Also speaking was Chair of the Lone Star College Board of Trustees, Dr. Alton Smith followed by presentations made by Heather Washburn representing Congressman Kevin Brady and Tara Dennis representing Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee.
Stories of recovery and triumph were told by both students and faculty including Marquita Johnson, a dental hygiene student, Allison Huffy, President of the Professional Support Staff Association, and Dr. Juan Rodriquez, a professor of history.
"While the journey has been hard, it has been incredibly rewarding," said Dr. Persson. "I am so fortunate to work at LSC and with the miracle workers that were evidenced all along the way."
The ceremony concluded with a ribbon cutting and tours.
In the next 6-12 months, LSC-Kingwood will invite the community to a variety of events and activities that will feature the renovated campus - the buildings and the grounds.
A poem by Tessa Cotera, a graduate of LSC-Kingwood