Lee to recognize more than 500 graduates at commencement

Dr. Cody Abshier of the Liberty Independent School District will deliver keynote remarks

BAYTOWN, TX — Lee College will recognize more than 500 graduates who have earned associate degrees and certificates of completion at the Fall 2017 Commencement Ceremony. Dr. Cody Abshier, superintendent of the Liberty Independent School District, will deliver keynote remarks.

Fall Commencement will be held at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 16, in the sports arena on campus. The ceremonies will also be streamed live online via the Lee College website at www.lee.edu.

Selected by the Liberty ISD Board of Trustees to serve as superintendent of the district in 2012, Abshier holds a Doctor of Education degree in Educational Leadership from Lamar University, where he also earned a Master of Education degree in Educational Administration and Bachelor of Science degree in Education with an elementary endorsement and reading specialization. His doctoral dissertation, “Superintendent Perspectives of Financial Survival Strategies in Small Schools,” was published in “The Rural Educator,” the official peer-reviewed academic journal of the National Rural Education Association.

Prior to taking the reins at Liberty ISD, Abshier served as superintendent, assistant superintendent and principal for Devers Independent School District over the course of a four-year tenure. He was the principal of Anahuac Middle School from 2002-2008, and started his educational career as a teacher at Liberty Elementary School from 1990-1999 and Devers Junior High School from 1999-2002.

A member of numerous civic organizations — including the First Baptist Church, Lions Club, Rotary Club and Fine Arts Society in Liberty and the Liberty Independent Education Foundation — Abshier was chosen to receive the Community Builder’s Award in Liberty in 2015. He was also recognized as Educator of the Year for Chambers County in 2007 and Administrator of the Year for the Anahuac Independent School District in 2005, and earned honors from the Liberty ISD school board in 1995 for going “Above the Call of Duty.”

Abshier and his wife, Kristi, are the parents of two grown children, Wil and Whitney.

Lee College offers more than 100 associate degree and certificate programs, as well as non-credit workforce and community education courses, that prepare its diverse student body for advanced higher education; successful entry into the workforce; and a variety of in-demand careers. With the main campus and McNair Center located in Baytown, Texas, and a satellite education center in nearby South Liberty County, the college serves a geographic area of more than 220,000 residents that includes 15 school systems. To learn more, visit www.lee.edu.

Baytown City Councilman to award $500 scholarship at Lee College basketball game

Any LC student at Dec. 9 game could win scholarship from Charles Johnson of District No. 3

Baytown City Councilman Charles Johnson at Lee College
Baytown City Councilman Charles Johnson of District 3 is donating $500 to help a Lee College student fund his or her education. Johnson will award the scholarship at the Dec. 9 basketball home game as part of a raffle and half-court shooting challenge with a special twist.

BAYTOWN, TX — One Lee College student who attends the Runnin’ Rebel home basketball game against Lone Star College — Tomball on Saturday, Dec. 9, will walk away from the Sports Arena with a $500 scholarship, courtesy of Baytown City Councilman Charles Johnson.

Johnson, a Lee College alumnus who campaigned for the District 3 council seat on the slogan “We Are ‘IT’: Improving Together,” is donating the scholarship money in hopes of giving a student the boost needed to fund his or her education and improve the future both for the recipient and his or her family.

“I really enjoyed my time at Lee College, learned so much and made new connections. Now I have the opportunity to pay it forward,” said Johnson, who graduated with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counseling and later returned to earn a credential in Child Development. His mother, Charlene Jones, is a long-time instructor of cosmetology.

To be eligible for the scholarship, Lee College students must show their ID at the game and receive a raffle ticket. The student whose ticket number is called at halftime will have three chances to make a shot with the ball starting at the half-court line. No special basketball skills will be necessary, however, because of a surprise twist that Johnson will reveal during the scholarship presentation.

The winning student can be enrolled in any Lee College degree or certificate program, and use the scholarship to pay for any educational needs — whether tuition, textbooks, classroom or laboratory supplies or something else entirely. Johnson said he did not place any stipulations on how the money should be spent, because he understands that unexpected situations can arise.

“This scholarship may inspire a part-time student to take a few more hours, or help someone have the opportunity to enjoy college as much as I did,” Johnson said. “Lee College helps Baytown residents prepare for, plan and even re-imagine their futures — and no matter what age you are, if you have an education, you have a future.”

The Runnin’ Rebels will tip off against Lone Star College – Tomball at 6 p.m.

Lee College offers more than 100 associate degree and certificate programs, as well as non-credit workforce and community education courses, that prepare its diverse student body for advanced higher education; successful entry into the workforce; and a variety of in-demand careers. With the main campus and McNair Center located in Baytown, Texas, and a satellite education center in nearby South Liberty County, the college serves a geographic area of more than 220,000 residents that includes 15 school systems. To learn more, visit www.lee.edu.