|Dr. Lonnie L. Howard will begin serving as Clover Park Technical College's president in September following the retirement of Dr. John Walstrum.|
Howard most recently served as the executive director of the School of Continuing and Professional Studies at the University of Houston.
The decision completes an eight-month inclusive and transparent public process, which involved participation from college faculty, staff and students, and community members. Howard will replace Dr. John Walstrum, who has served as president for the past seven years and will retire in September.
In discussion prior to the vote, Mark Martinez, CPTC trustee said, "I believe that Dr. Howard will take this college to the next level. It's a great college, but I think he will take the college even further."
Dr. Robert Lenigan, also a trustee, added, "Dr. Howard has some big shoes to fill. We look forward to working with him closely."
Howard has accepted the offer and a contract, start date and transition plans are being finalized.
“I would like to thank the Board of Trustees for having the confidence in my ability to lead Clover Park Technical College," said Howard. "With its dedicated faculty, friendly staff, eager students, and supportive local community, I’m delighted to become a part of this wonderful team. Lastly, I would like to congratulate Dr. Walstrum on his retirement.”
Howard began his career in higher education as faculty and department chair. He has also served as an academic researcher, educational consultant and associate vice president of instruction. He earned an Associates of Applied Sciences in Welding Technology from San Jacinto College, Texas, an Associate of General Studies from Houston Community College, Texas, a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Technology and Industrial Studies and a Master of Science in Occupational Technology from the University of Houston, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Administration (with dual concentrations in Community College Leadership as well as Sociology) from the University of Texas at Austin, TX.
Howard currently lives in Houston, Texas with his son Matthew. They plan to relocate to the area.