Lonnie Howard

Lamar Institute of Technology

The son of uneducated parents, Lonnie was born in a 4-room shack placed in remediation and was not considered college material. Now 12 years later, he has a total of five degrees and is a lifelong learner with post-doctoral training. Dr. Howard currently leads Lamar Institute of Technology; one of the nation’s premier two-year petrochemical educational institutions. This two-year Institute is a major contributor of workforce development and is ranked #1 in the state for having the highest median student salaries by the U.S. Department of Education. As a single-parent, due to his compassion, Lonnie adopted a toddler (Matthew) who had been sold for drugs and instilled in him the real value of education. Today, Matt is a teaching assistant and pursuing his fourth college degree, a Ph.D. in English Language and Literature.

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