Administration and Staff

Dr. Lynn Maurer

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Lynn M. Maurer, Ph.D., Dean, Professor of Political Science

Dr. Maurer holds both the M.A. and the Ph.D. in Political Science from The Ohio State University. Her teaching areas focus on Western and Eastern Europe, women and international politics, democratization, and international conflict. Her political science research focuses on Spanish politics since the transition to democracy. She earned a Bachelor of Arts from Otterbein University in Spanish. She holds a Certificate of International Relations from the University of Dijon, France. Her grants include a National Science Foundation ADVANCE IT-Catalyst Award project studying and promoting best university practices for the advancement of women faculty members in STEM. Before joining LU, she served as Dean and Chief Research Officer of the College of Graduate and Professional Studies at Indiana State University and Associate Dean of the Graduate School and Chair of the Political Science Department at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.


Associate Deans

Dr. Tim Roden, Associate Dean, Associate Professor of Computer Science

Dr. Roden earned his Ph.D. in computer science from University of North Texas. He earned the M.S. in computer science from University of Texas at Arlington. He teaches courses in computer game development, mobile application development and programming. His primary research interests are computer science education and procedural content generation for computer games. He serves as ABET assessment coordinator for the LU computer science department and he is the faculty advisor for LU’s Esports student organization, Cardinals Esports. Before joining LU, he served as chair of the Department of Computer Science at Angelo State University. While at ASU, the game program he founded was named in the Top 50 in North America by Princeton Review. 


Dr. Xiangyang Lei, Associate Dean, Associate Professor of Chemistry 

Dr. Lei holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Texas Christian University. Before joining Lamar University in 2008, she worked as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Institute for Tuberculosis Research of University of Illinois at Chicago. She teaches Organic Chemistry at both undergraduate and graduate levels. Her research grants include an American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund award studying metal-organic frameworks and a Welch Foundation research grant studying metal-catalyzed coupling reactions. She has published over twenty peer-reviewed journal articles and had numerous presentations at national and regional conferences. Dr. Lei is a recipient of the 2014 Lamar University Merit Award, the 2016 Lamar Faculty Mentor Award, and the 2020 Lamar Honors Professor of the Year Award. Before joining the Dean’s office, Dr. Lei served as the Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Lamar University.


Administrative Staff

Michelle Lansdale, Administrative Associate Senior 

Mr. Garry Richards-Foster, Business Manager

Garry Richards-Foster has held various administrative and faculty support positions at Lamar University since 2013.  He holds a B.A. and an M.A. in English from Lamar University with concentrations in creative writing and critical theory. His primary areas of research are in pop culture analysis, technical writing and composition pedagogy. 


Ms. Joanne Brown, Major Gifts Officer

Joanne Brown is an inspired business, professional and civic leader with significant community connections. Working closely with nonprofits and businesses since 1993 she has served on advisory boards for Christus Hospital St. Elizabeth, Catholic Charities, Symphony of Southeast Texas, Kelly High School, and Leadership Southeast Texas. Joanne is a member of The Rotary Club of Beaumont and a board member for I Have a Dream; she is also the former president of the Junior League of Beaumont. Joanne is a Major Gifts Officer at Lamar University where she is responsible for developing, initiating, cultivating, securing and acknowledging major gifts in support of the university. Assisting with major fundraising and stewardship events comes naturally to her as she collaborates with students, donors, faculty and staff.


Ms. Natalie Rhodes, Marketing Communications Manager

Natalie Rhodes has held various positions on campus since 2015. She holds a B.S. in Dance from Lamar University and a M.Ed. in Instructional Leadership and Higher Education Administration from Sam Houston State University. She has been with the College of Arts and Sciences for two years and oversees all marketing for the college and works directly with the faculty and executive team. 


Mrs. Kelly Williams, Cardinal Success Coach & Student Retention Manager

Kelly Williams has seven years of experience in higher education, including academic advising, coordinating a tutoring program, and developing and coordinating an academic coaching program. She holds a B.S. in Communication from Lamar University and an M.A. in Mass Communication from Stephen F. Austin State University. As the Cardinal Coach-Student Retention Manager for the College of Arts and Sciences, Kelly assists with the college's undergraduate student retention efforts by delivering student outreach based on referrals and progress reports and connecting students with campus resources.