Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect that Valerie Jones will be the fourth president of Lone Star College-CyFair.

Valerie Jones has been named the fourth president of Lone Star College-CyFair and will move into the role June 1, according to a May 6 news release. Jones has served as Lone Star College System’s associate vice chancellor of academic affairs since 2019 and was selected for the LSC-CyFair position following a nationwide search.

“Since arriving at Lone Star College, Dr. Jones has been instrumental in the creation of three bachelor’s degrees,” LSC Chancellor Stephen Head said in a statement. “She also played a key role in several accreditation projects and led the work on our reaccreditation and Quality Enhancement Plan that will focus on improving race, ethnicity and modality equity across the system.”

Jones has been with LSC since 2019. Previously, she served community colleges in North Carolina for 15 years and more recently as vice president for instruction and chief academic officer at Odessa College from 2013-19.

She earned her bachelor’s degree in education from Indiana University, a master’s degree in English from East Carolina University and a doctorate in education in education policy, organization and leadership with a concentration in diversity and equity from the University of Illinois.

Seelpa Keshvala served as LSC-CyFair president for more than five years before being named LSCS executive vice chancellor and CEO of LSC-Online. Gerald F. Napoles was interim president while the search was being conducted.