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May 23, 2014

UPDATED: Reynard named sole finalist in search for LSC-PA president

PORT ARTHUR — With longtime president Sam Monroe’s days at the helm of Lamar State College-Port Arthur drawing to a close, Texas State University Chancellor Brian McCall named Betty Reynard, vice president for academic affairs at Lamar Institute of Technology in Beaumont, as the sole finalist in the search for Monroe’s replacement.

The internal search began almost immediately after Monroe announced he planned to retire Aug. 31. McCall met with and interviewed several candidates before selecting Reynard as the sole finalist, Mike Wintemute, TSU director of communications, said.

"Dr. Reynard has been a part of the TSUS and Lamar families for many years,” McCall said in a press release. “She has lived and worked in Southeast Texas for nearly 50 years and — having worked her way up through our system as a student, faculty member and administrator — she has developed a strong commitment to the students and communities we serve.”

Reynard holds an associate’s degree in dental hygiene, a bachelor’s degree in secondary education, and a master’s degree in educational administration from Lamar University. She earned her doctorate in higher education administration from the University of Houston.

Reynard’s career in Southeast Texas began in 1979, as a faculty member at Lamar University. She became program director and later assistant to the vice president for academic affairs at LIT before assuming her current role in 2007.

Reynard will assume the role of president Sept. 1. According to Texas law, she must remain the sole finalist for 21 days before the board of regents can confirm her appointment, Wintemute said.

“Dr. Monroe has served as president of an institution dedicated to improving the quality of life for people,” Reynard said in the press release. “The impressive evolution of Lamar State College-Port Arthur is a direct result of his iconic leadership. My goal will be to build upon Dr. Monroe’s legacy in every possible way.”

Monroe, who will hang up his hat after 49 years with LSC-PA —With longtime president Sam Monroe’s days at the helm of Lamar State College-Port Arthur drawing to a close, Texas State University Chancellor Brian McCall named Betty Reynard, vice president for academic affairs at Lamar Institute of Technology in Beaumont, as the sole finalist in the search for Monroe’s replacement.

The internal search began almost immediately after Monroe announced he planned to retire Aug. 31. McCall met with and interviewed several candidates before selecting Reynard as the sole finalist, Mike Wintemute, TSU director of communications, said.

"Dr. Reynard has been a part of the TSUS and Lamar families for many years,” McCall said in a press release. “She has lived and worked in Southeast Texas for nearly 50 years and — having worked her way up through our system as a student, faculty member and administrator — she has developed a strong commitment to the students and communities we serve.”

Reynard holds an associate’s degree in dental hygiene, a bachelor’s degree in secondary education, and a master’s degree in educational administration from Lamar University. She earned her doctorate in higher education administration from the University of Houston.

Reynard’s career in Southeast Texas began in 1979, as a faculty member at Lamar University. She became program director and later assistant to the vice president for academic affairs at LIT before assuming her current role in 2007.

Reynard will assume the role of president Sept. 1. According to Texas law, she must remain the sole finalist for 21 days before the board of regents can confirm her appointment, Wintemute said.

“Dr. Monroe has served as president of an institution dedicated to improving the quality of life for people,” Reynard said in the press release. “The impressive evolution of Lamar State College-Port Arthur is a direct result of his iconic leadership. My goal will be to build upon Dr. Monroe’s legacy in every possible way.”

Monroe, who will hang up his hat after 49 years with LSC-PA — 40 of them as president — said that he will leave the college in capable hands with Reynard.

“I think she’s an outstanding person — very well qualified,” Monroe said. “She brings a lot of strengths to the job. We’re delighted.”

Among Reynard’s strengths, Monroe said, is an in-depth understanding of the philosophy of a two-year college.

“She’s well planted in the philosophy,” Monroe said. “She’s done an excellent job in developing new programs in Beaumont. We look forward to welcoming her here, and we’re going to work with her to do whatever we can to make the transition a smooth one.”

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