Dr. Lee Ann Nutt serves as President at Lone Star College-Tomball. Prior to assuming the top position in February 2015, Dr. Nutt served as the institution’s Vice President of Instruction (VPI) for over three years. For over 12 years, from 1999 – 2011, she served in various administrative roles at North Central Texas College, including Dean of Continuing Education, Provost, and Vice President of Instruction. Dr. Nutt’s first experience in community colleges began in 1990 at South Plains College-Lubbock, where she served as the Assistant to the Dean of Instruction. Prior to joining NCTC, Dr. Nutt served as the Director of Education and Public Relations at the New Mexico Health Care Association for three years.
Dr. Nutt is the primary author of Complete the Agenda in Higher Education: Challenge Beliefs About Student Success, released by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers in January 2019. The book reflects Dr. Nutt’s passion for creating environments where potential becomes achievement, which motivates her each day, and has for more than 20 years. Her passion established LSC-Tomball as a national leader on how to infuse GRIT across the curriculum and into the culture of an institution to ensure students finish what they start. She has become a sought-after national speaker and consultant on the topics of grit, leadership, and the Beliefs Agenda.
In addition to holding various community college administrative positions, Dr. Nutt has teaching experience at the university level. Dr. Nutt joined the faculty at Ferris State University (FSU), located in Big Rapids, Michigan in Summer 2016. She teaches Quantitative Research Methods for the FSU Doctorate in Community College Leadership program. She also taught research methods, writing and research, and statistics for the Psychology Department of Lubbock Christian University. She taught a college success course at Texas Tech University.
Dr. Nutt is very active in professional and civic organizations, having served as a member of over 20 boards and committees over the years. She served on the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) Special Commission on Leadership and Professional Development, which contributed to the development of the 3rd Edition of AACC’s Competencies for Community College Leaders. Locally, she serves as a member of the HCA Healthcare Houston – Tomball Board of Trustees and a member of the board of a 501(c)(3), The Mighty Waffle. Dr. Nutt served as a member of the Greater Tomball Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, and served as Chair of the Denton Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors in 2005 - 2006. She chaired the Emerging Workforce Committee for the North Central Texas Workforce Development Board for almost four years. She was a member of the North Central Texas Workforce Development Board for more than five years. Dr. Nutt is a Leadership Denton and a Leadership Gainesville graduate. In November 2003, she was appointed by US Congressman Michael Burgess to his Service Academy Nomination Advisory Board, on which she served for several years.
Born in Borger, Texas and raised in the Texas Panhandle, Dr. Nutt graduated from Amarillo High School in 1985. A Texas Tech Red Raider, Lee Ann earned three degrees from the Lubbock, Texas-based institution. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration & Management (B.B.A.) in 1989; a Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Higher Education Administration in 1992; and a Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) in Higher Education Administration in 1996. Her doctoral research focused on career satisfaction of female presidents of higher education institutions in the United States.