Katherine Persson became the President of Lone Star College - Kingwood in August 2008 after a two and a half year absence, having served as President of the Portland Community College Rock Creek Campus in Oregon. Prior to that she worked at Lone Star College-Kingwood from 1984-2006 in a variety of positions including Vice President of Educational Programs and Services, Vice President of Educational Programs and Student Development, Associate Dean of Science, Health Care and Applied Technology and as a Biology Instructor. As a faculty member, she helped develop the first AAS degree in Biotechnology in the State.
Dr. Persson received her Ph.D. in Educational Administration (Community College Leadership) from the University of Texas, Austin; M.S. in Biology (Anatomy and Physiology) from Texas Women's University, Texas Medical Center, Houston; and a B.S. in Biology from Texas State University, San Marcos.
Katherine has served on many different community and chamber boards. She was the 2002-2003 Chair of the Greater East Montgomery County Chamber and is the 2014-2015 Chair of the Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce. She also served as an elected school board trustee for the Splendora Independent School District for 16 years, eight as Board Chair. She was awarded the Splendora R. B. Tullis Community Service Award in spring 2006. She has been recognized by the University of Texas College of Education as a Distinguished Graduate and by the Community College Leadership Program as a visiting scholar and a distinguished scholar. She has been a Kingwood College Teacher Excellence awardee. After being nominated by her professional administrative assistants, Katherine was recognized by the Texas Educational Support Staff Association (TESA) as the 2009-10 Administrator of the Year. In 2013 the Community Chamber of Commerce EMC honored her as the Hometown Hero. In June 2013 she was appointed by the East Montgomery County Improvement District Board of Directors to fill a vacancy through 2016. She was the 2014 Family Time awardee as a Woman of Distinction in Education.
Katherine and long-time husband Andrew live in Splendora. They have three grown children and two grandchildren.
She was appointed as Director, Position 4 in July 2013 to serve out the remaining term of a seat that had been vacated. She was then elected to the position in 2016. Her term expires in 2020.