The Lone Star College System announced July 28 the two new presidents for LSC-Montgomery and LSC-University Park. The announcements come as former LSC-Montgomery President Rebecca Riley retired and former LSC-University Park President Shah Ardalan was named president of Randolph Community College, according to LSCS officials.

LSC-University Park

Virginia Fraire was selected as the new president of LSC-University Park. She will start her role Oct. 1, according to a July 28 news release.
  • She is only the second president to reside over the University Park campus off Hwy. 249.
  • Fraire has over 30 years of experience in higher education at the two- and four-year levels.
  • She most recently served as the vice provost for student success and strategic initiatives at The University of Texas at El Paso.
  • Before UTEP, she served in multiple roles at Austin Community College.
What they're saying

“This is an exciting time for Lone Star College,” outgoing LSCS Chancellor Stephen Head said in the release. “Dr. Fraire’s expertise in higher education will ensure we continue to advance equitable student outcomes. I am confident Dr. Fraire will continue our commitment to having integrity, strong leadership, respect and accountability to Lone Star College students and employees.”


De 'Reese Reid-Hart was selected as the new president of LSC-Montgomery. She will start her role Sept. 1, according to a separate release July 28.
  • Reid will be the fifth president to serve LSC-Montgomery.
  • She has over 25 years of experience in administration and leadership at the higher education level.
  • She most recently served as vice president of instruction at LSC-Montgomery.
  • Before serving as vice president, she served as the dean of natural science and health occupations division at the college.
Quote of note

“Dr. Reid-Hart has demonstrated integrity and the highest ethical standards over her career,” Head said in the release. “Her experience in providing educational and support services will have a positive and profound impact on our students. I know Dr. Reid-Hart will provide the leadership and oversight to continue meeting the needs of all students, community leaders, taxpayers and our partner school districts.”