Lamar University Presidential Search

The search is underway to find the next president of Lamar University to replace President Dr. Ken Evans, who announced his retirement in January 2021, after eight years of service.

Starting in February 2021 and continuing through May 2021, the Advisory Search Committee, made up of faculty, staff, a student and community representatives, will work with an executive search firm, Anthem Executive, to draft a presidential profile and conduct a national search with the goal of identifying a small number of exceptionally-qualified candidates to recommend to Chancellor Brian McCall for his review and consideration.

The Chancellor will select a sole finalist to recommend for approval by the Texas State University System (TSUS) Board of Regents.

By state law there is a 21-day waiting period between the public announcement of the sole finalist and Board approval. During the waiting period, the sole finalist will be actively introduced to LU faculty, staff, students, community members, and other key stakeholders, adhering to travel, meeting and social distancing guidance related to COVID-19.

Advisory Search Committee

William F. Scott, Chairman of the TSUS Board of Regents, has appointed the following individuals to serve on the Advisory Search Committee (ASC) for the next president of Lamar University:

  • Bill Scott, Regent (Committee Co-Chair), Texas State University System
  • David Montagne, Regent (Committee Co-Chair), Texas State University System
  • Duke Austin, Regent, Texas State University System
  • Alan Tinsley, Regent, Texas State University System
  • Jeremy Alltop, LU Vice President for Finance and Operations, CFO
  • Katrina Brent, Ed.D., LU Assistant Vice Provost for Enrollment Management
  • Dann Brown, Ph.D., LU Associate Provost
  • Hector Flores, Ph.D., Associate Vice President & Dean of Students, LU Police Chief
  • Jennifer Fowler, Ph.D., LU Associate Professor Mathematics, Faculty Senate President
  • Kyle Hayes, City Manager, Beaumont, Texas
  • Bob Jones, Professional Engineer, LU Alum
  • Helen Lou, Ph.D., LU Professor, Chemical Engineering
  • Vicki McNeil, Ph.D., LU Vice President of Student Engagement
  • Anita Riddle, Ph.D., Exxon Mobil Manager Global Procurement, LU Alum
  • Don Shaver, Investor, LU Alum
  • Ronnie Smith, President of Upstream Engineering, LU Alum
  • Bob Spina, Ph.D., LU Dean of Education
  • Henry Strait, Retired LU Alum
  • Helene Thill, LU Associate Athletic Director, Senior Woman Administrator
  • Freddie Titus,  Ph.D. LU Associate Professor and Chair, Teacher Education
  • Tiffany Tran, LU Student, College Senator
  • Henry Venta, Ph.D., LU Professor, Management & Marketing


February/March 2021

  • Executive Search Firm (Anthem Executive) selected to assist with search process
  • Board Chair selects members of the Advisory Search Committee (ASC)
  • Publicly announce presidential search
  • Campus information sessions with students, faculty, and staff to discuss process and gather input
  • Campus community input survey

March 2021

  • First meeting of the ASC to discuss process, timeline, and presidential profile
  • Finalize Presidential Profile to be used for recruiting candidates
  • Solicitation begins for nominations and applications for president

 April/May 2021

  • Continue solicitation for nominations and applications for president
  • ASC initial review of applications for president
  • ASC narrows applicant pool and selects small number of candidates for interviews

May/June 2021

  • ASC conducts interviews and narrows pool to smaller group of finalists

June 2021

  • Chancellor selects a sole finalist to recommend to the Regents for approval
  • During 21-day public waiting period, sole finalist visits LU to meet with key stakeholders (faculty, staff, students and community members)


Contact Information to Nominate Candidates

The Advisory Search Committee and Anthem Executive invite applications, nominations and expressions of interest.  We seek a diverse pool of qualified candidates to lead the university.

Anthem Executive Search Team for LU search includes:

  • Scott Watson and Michael Ballew

 To Nominate Someone for Consideration:

More About Lamar University

  • Home to 17,000 Students

    Lamar University is among the fastest growing Texas colleges and universities. LU is a member of The Texas State University System, which is the first higher education system of Texas and maintains the lowest average tuition and fees of any university system in Texas. With more than 100 degree options, choices for online and on campus, and a community that cares, Lamar students are always proud to be Cardinals.

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  • Mission, Accreditation and Strategic Plan

    We are a diverse and accessible global university for life-long learners with a passion for broad-based community engagement. As a vital contributor to the socioeconomic wellbeing and resilience of the Gulf Coast region, our expertise is recognized locally and beyond. ⇨ Mission and Vision Statements

    Lamar University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and is one of 29 public universities recognized as a Doctoral/Research University by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.  ⇨ More About Accreditation

    For nearly 100 years, Lamar University has provided an accessible and exceptional education to students on a global scale with a clear pathway to a successful career. Having just completed a campus-wide strategic plan, our commitment to students has never been stronger as we continue our commitment to focusing on one student at a time. ⇨ Strategic Plan 2020-2025

  • Over 100 Degree Options

    Lamar University is nationally recognized for our quality curriculum for all degree program levels: Bachelor'sMaster's and Doctoral and certification options. The university has five undergraduate colleges, one graduate college, and an honors college. 

    The university stresses academic achievement by emphasizing hands-on learning at all levels, providing ample opportunities for undergraduate research and supporting an excellent Honors Program.  Several LU colleges and programs hold additional specialized certifications and accreditations recognizing their quality and expertise.

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  • NCAA Division: I Conference: Western Athletic Conference


    Lamar University students enjoy cheering on the Cardinals in fifteen NCAA Division I men’s and women’s sports. Competing in the Western Athletic Conference, Cardinals teams have a history of winning championships in sports including men’s and women’s basketball, golf, tennis, track and field, and cross country. The baseball program has been nationally recognized for decades and has produced multiple major leaguers. LU’s football program heightens excitement on campus with conference-leading crowds and students involved in marching band, cheerleading, the dance team and all the fun of game-day tailgating. The soccer, volleyball, and softball programs at Lamar University are perennial conference leaders whose fans cheer on the Cardinals at the top-notch facilities on campus.

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