College President to Shape Future Higher Education Leaders at SMU

Published on: December 12, 2013

As part of the advisory board for Southern Methodist University’s Department of Education Policy & Leadership, Dr. Austin Lane, LSC-Montgomery's president, will use his insight and expertise to help prepare educators for leadership roles in higher education.

Lone Star College-Montgomery’s president, Dr. Austin Lane, was recently appointed to serve on the advisory board for Southern Methodist University’s Department of Education Policy & Leadership. This ongoing commitment will allow Lane to add his insight, expertise, and experience to prepare educators pursuing a master’s degree or doctoral degree in educational leadership at SMU for future leadership roles.

 
“This program trains the next generation of leaders in community and four-year colleges and universities,” said Lane, who holds a doctorate of education degree in higher education administration from The University of Alabama. “I hope to provide input that enhances our profession.”
 
The board focuses on shaping the growth of programs within the department, which includes a master’s degree in educational leadership; a doctoral program in education policy and leadership; the Executive Education Policy and Leadership Institutes, and research collaboration with the Bush Institute for Education.
 
Lane and other members of the advisory board offer guidance on the programs’ goals, content, and challenges to ensure that the education leaders of tomorrow acquire the expertise needed to develop effective teachers, instructional programs, and practices that ultimately, ensure high levels of student learning and achievement.

“By providing consultation in this area of higher education administration and leadership, I can help ensure that the masters and doctoral programs have the appropriate curriculums in place to support future administrators interested in this field,” said Lane.
 
Lauded as an innovator and visionary leader, Dr. Lane’s career in higher education is marked by a variety of successive leadership roles and professional achievements. Before coming to LSC-Montgomery in 2009, he served as vice president for student affairs at Tyler Junior College and as dean of student services at The University of Texas at Arlington. In addition to his administrative experience, he has served as an adjunct professor, as well as an on-site reviewer for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).
 
Lane  has also conducted extensive research on traditional-age, low-income, African-American and Hispanic students in Texas and has published two doctoral dissertations that focus on access to higher education, affordability, need-based vs. merit-based aid, college persistence, and student success.
 
LSC-Montgomery is located at 3200 College Park Drive, one-half mile west of Interstate 45, between Conroe and The Woodlands. For more information about the college, call 936.273.7000, or visit www.LoneStar.edu/montgomery.
 
Lone Star College System has been opening doors to a better community for 40 years. Founded in 1973, LSCS remains steadfast in its commitment to student success and credential completion. Today, with 78,000 students in credit classes, and a total enrollment of more than 90,000, Lone Star College System is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area and the fastest-growing community college system in the nation. Dr. Richard Carpenter is the chancellor of LSCS, which consists of six colleges including LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, LSC-Tomball and LSC-University Park, five centers, LSC-University Center at Montgomery, LSC-University Center at University Park, Lone Star Corporate College, and LSC-Online. To learn more visit LoneStar.edu.