Three new Lone Star College trustees set to take their seats
Lone Star College, the country’s fastest-growing community college, now has three new trustees to help oversee operations.
Michael Stoma, Ernestine Pierce and Mike Sullivan have replaced outgoing board members David Holsey, Kyle Scott and Ron Trowbridge.
The college’s Board of Trustees are scheduled to host a swearing-in ceremony for the new members at their meeting Dec. 6. Trustees serve six-year terms without compensation, during which they convene monthly to set board and system policies, establish tax rates, set budgets and monitor the system’s overall performance.
District 1: Michael Stoma
With a narrow margin of 53 percent of the votes, Stoma secured the seat in Tuesday’s election. His opponent was George Edwards, Jr.
While Stoma is a project manager and consultant for an oil company, he has a history at the college — he was a student when LSC was founded and taught at North Harris College before it became the LSC - North Harris campus.
“I was excited and relieved, and blessed that the folks out here voted for me and chose to represent them,” Stoma said about the election results.
Stoma said he ran for the seat because he saw it as an opportunity to make a difference. Stoma said he is looking forward to meeting the other board members and establishing relationships before taking a big stand on issues.
“The board has to work together, to collaborate in order to paint a vision and govern…to decide what’s best for the college and make sure we oversee what we as the board approve,” Stoma said.
District 2: Ernestine Pierce
Pierce garnered 60 percent of the votes against challenger Matthew Wheeler.
Pierce said it was a good feeling to be elected. She has worked for more than 40 years in both public and private education as a teacher and administrator, but most recently as an adjunct professor at LSC.
“I started off in education, so ending my career on a college board of trustees is great to have the experience come full circle.” Pierce said. “It’s a good feeling when you’re dedicated to making this world a better place.”
She said she looks forward to being an advocate on the board to create strong workforce training programs for nontraditional students as well as partnerships with businesses and employers.
District 8: Mike Sullivan
With 80 percent of the votes, Sullivan handily defeated his opponent, Guillermo Puente.
Sullivan has served on both the Humble Independent School District Board of Trustees and the Houston City Council, and was formerly the Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector from 2013-2016.
Additionally, he is a graduate of the Lone Star College System.
Sullivan said he is excited to have won a seat as part of the institution’s board.
“I’m most looking forward to learning. I didn’t run for office with the idea of being a change agent, going in with a list of priorities,” Sullivan said. “I will have one voice and one vote and will be one member of a large body…I will do what’s best.”