The Woodlands Resident Dr. Stephen C. Head Named a 2024 Lamar University Distinguished Alumnus

By: Shannon Figueeroa
| Published 03/28/2024


THE WOODLANDS, TX -- Lamar University is announcing the 2024 Distinguished Alumni Award recipients. Established in 1970 by the Lamar University Alumni Association, the award recognizes alumni who have excelled in their careers or life services, enhancing the university's reputation. It also acknowledges those who have made significant contributions to their community, state, and nation through civic activities and professional and public service.

“Lamar University has many extraordinary alumni, and the Distinguished Alumni Awards give the university the perfect opportunity to recognize their achievements, service to the university, and how they are making a difference in their professions, communities, and around the world,” Director of Alumni Affairs Shannon Figueroa said.
his year, four alumni –– Edwin E. Vallery, Charles E. Breithaupt, Stephen C. Head and Carmen (Angelle) Jordan –– will receive the Distinguished Alumni Award, the highest award Lamar University bestows upon its graduates. The recipients will be recognized at the annual Distinguished Alumni Awards dinner on Friday, Apr. 5 at 6:30 p.m. at the University Event Center in the Mary and John Gray Library.

“The 2024 honorees were chosen from a pool of talented, successful, and loyal alumni. They are united by their exceptional passion, dedication, and drive to make the world a better place,” Figueroa said.
Stephen C. Head, former chancellor of Lone Star College (LSC) from 2014-2023, retired after 39 years of service. Under his leadership, LSC became a prominent community college enrolling over 85,000 students, employing 6,000 individuals, and boasting a $500 million annual budget. A Lamar University alumnus, Head earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in history, later completing a Ph.D. at Texas Tech University. He attributes his success to Lamar University, emphasizing the value of reading, writing, and critical thinking. In his tenure, Head prioritized student access, academic quality, and workforce programs aligned with community needs. Recognized for his contributions, he was named Chancellor Emeritus upon retirement. Head continues to be active in supporting community college missions and resides in The Woodlands, Texas, with his wife, Linda, who  works at LSC.

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