Dr. Rebecca Riley
President, Lone Star College – Montgomery
Dr. Rebecca Riley is the 4th President of Lone Star College-Montgomery in The Woodlands, TX. She holds a bachelor and master’s degree in fine arts from Texas Tech University. Dr. Riley earned her doctoral degree from Sam Houston State University in Higher Education Leadership. Her research interests are in the area of intercultural competence, cognitive development, and student engagement. Dr. Riley’s exhibition record as an artist includes more than 200 regional, national and international shows. She has worked as a collaborative musician in orchestral and sacred settings as a pianist and organist.
Prior to her current position, Dr. Riley served as Vice President of Instruction at Lone Star College-Kingwood. During her 20-year career at LSC-Kingwood, Dr. Riley served as adjunct instructor of art, professor of art and program coordinator, dean, interim vice president of student success, and finally vice president of instruction. As vice president, Dr. Riley helped create and maintain P-16 initiatives, three early college high schools, and the Center for Civic Engagement at Lone Star-Kingwood. She participated in the system-wide taskforce that created the Honors College. Dr. Riley’s service includes several committees, boards, and task forces, including The Woodlands Chamber, Greater Magnolia Parkway Chamber, Greater Conroe Economic Development Partnership, regional P-16 council, Humble Area Assistance Ministries, SHSU Advisory Board for Higher Education Leadership, and Texas Completes. She co-chaired the LSCS Workforce Council and collaborated on the creation of an award-winning program development model.
In addition to awards received for her art, Dr. Riley was the recipient of the Distinguished Educator of the Year award from Sam Houston State University in 2016, the Phi Theta Kappa Distinguished Administrator Award in 2010, the Jack Skaggs Dissertation Award in 2008, and the Women of Achievement Award for the Arts. She has received recognition for leadership in education from the Chamber of Commerce of E. Montgomery County, as well as the Teaching Excellence Award from LSC-Kingwood. In 2012, she was a grant recipient, along with five faculty, from the National Endowment for the Humanities through AAC&U for a project called “Bridging Cultures to Form a Nation.” She was a partner in writing a Houston A+ Challenge Grant that integrated the arts across the curriculum in Humble ISD through service learning, improving student outcomes in all disciplines in the grant activities.
At Lone Star College-Montgomery, Dr. Riley is focused on improving student success and completion, developing flagship programs, as well as building community partnerships and resources for the college.
On a personal note, Dr. Riley loves the outdoors, is an avid reader and fitness enthusiast. She enjoys travel, having spent time in Mexico, South America, Europe, and India. She hopes to combine her love of the outdoors with her travel “bucket list.”