Audre Levy, president of Lone Star College-CyFair since 2009, announced May 6 that she plans to retire at the end of 2015.
“Although I have enjoyed my 40 plus years in education, I have finally made the difficult decision to retire,” Levy said. “I have loved my tenure with Lone Star College and the opportunity I have had to work with the outstanding faculty, staff, administration and students at CyFair.”
During her six years with the college, Levy oversaw an enrollment increase of more than 5,000 students and the construction of new facilities, including the 85,000-square-foot Cypress Center that opened in 2013. As Levy finishes up her final year with the system, she will continue to oversee work on several major initiatives funded by the $485 million bond election passed by voters last fall. Work is expected to begin this year on a new 75,000-square-foot instructional building, an off-campus Computer Information Technology & Visual Communications building and expansions at the Cypress Center’s Workforce Education facility.
“I’d like to thank Audre for her years of service to Lone Star College,” LSCS Chancellor Stephen Head said. “During her tenure and under her guidance, LSC-CyFair grew to the largest college in our system and the first to enroll more than 20,000 students.”
In the meantime, the search for the next president of LSC-CyFair will begin late in May with open forums to solicit information on what qualities students and faculty wish to see in candidates. LSCS officials then plan to meet with a search advisory committee to develop a position profile.
Recruitment efforts will take place over the summer, with a committee meeting in September to review applications and select semi-finalists to interview. Semi-finalists interviews will take place in October, and finalists may visit the college around late October. Officials hope to select a new president by the Dec. 3 board meeting who could officially begin working Jan. 1, 2016.