Carpenter plans to retire as LSCS chancellor

Lone Star College System Chancellor Richard Carpenter announced Feb. 7 his plans to retire from the position this summer, citing health concerns and personal family needs as reasons for his retirement.

"I want you to know that these seven years with Lone Star have been unequivocally the pinnacle of my career," Carpenter wrote in a statement released to LSCS employees. "Your dedication, your hard work and your compassionate focus have all combined to bring Lone Star to a whole new level of state, national and international prominence. And that you afforded me the privilege of being a part of this journey is a gift for which I will forever be grateful."

Carpenter said he plans to continue his activities as a consultant, but with more control over his own schedule.

David Holsey, chair of the LSCS board of trustees, said student enrollment nearly doubled while administrative costs were significantly lowered during Carpenter's tenure.

He said more emphasis was placed on the quality of instruction and innovation of programs in the last seven years.

"I speak for the board when I say we're sad to see Dr. Carpenter leave," Holsey said. "We're grateful for his hard work, his diligence and the success of the college under his leadership. Dr. Carpenter is leaving the college in great shape, and the future is brighter than it has ever been for the college, its faculty and staff, and the community."

By Matt Stephens
Matt Stephens joined Community Impact Newspaper in December 2012. A Tomball native and a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Matt joined as a reporter for The Woodlands team before being promoted to help launch the Spring | Klein edition in spring of 2014 and later to North Houston managing editor in late 2015. He has served as managing editor to the Phoenix and Nashville papers since August 2020.