Lone Star College-Kingwood had its start in 1972 when seeds for a Union Junior College District were planted. Who would have imagined that a pasture of grazing cows would soon give way to a bustling community college serving the needs of students from Humble, Kingwood, New Caney, Porter, Splendora, and other communities along the U.S. 59 corridor.
Located just north of the San Jacinto River and west of U.S. 59, the original location for Lone Star College-Kingwood was chosen to attract students from Humble, Kingwood, New Caney, Porter, Splendora, and other communities along the U.S. 59 corridor. The 1984 opening of the East Campus as it was known in those days marked the realization of the original vision of W.W. Thorne and the Board of Trustees. It was Dr. Joe Airola, chancellor of the college district at the time, who turned that vision into reality.
Lester Burks, the college’s first President, and Dr. Nellie Carr Thorogood, the first Dean of Instruction and second college President, quickly earned respect and affection as the early administrators of the college. Backed by strong administrative leadership, the founding faculty is credited with creating a strong identity focused upon instructional excellence. Under the leadership of Dr. Steve Head, the East Campus became Lone Star College-Kingwood, and the little “College in the Woods” became a vital part of the surrounding community.
Today, under the leadership of Dr. Katherine Persson, the Lone Star College-Kingwood is growing exponentially! Despite increased size and diversity, the standard of excellence established by the founders remains today.