The board of regents of Texas Southern University in Houston has chosen Austin A. Lane as the 12th president of the historically Black educational institution. Texas Southern enrolls nearly 7,000 undergraduate students and more than 2,000 graduate students.
Since 2015, Dr. Lane has been serving as executive vice chancellor of Lone Star College System based in The Woodlands, Texas. The community college systems enrolls nearly 70,000 students on seven campuses on the north side of the Houston metropolitan area. From 2009 to 2015, Dr. Lane was president of the Montgomery campus of Lone Star College.
Dr. Austin went to Odessa Junior College in Texas on a basketball scholarship. He then earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology at Langston University in Oklahoma. Dr. Austin holds a master’s degree in human relations from the University of Oklahoma and a doctorate in higher education administration from the University of Alabama.