During 40-Year Run, College President Has Made His Mark

When Sam Monroe steps down next month as president of Lamar State College-Port Arthur, a two-year school in Southeast Texas, he will conclude the state’s longest tenure for a president of a higher education institution.

It will also mark the end of an even longer Monroe era. Monroe’s father, who oversaw the voluntary racial integration the school, assumed the presidency in 1958 and served for 16 years before giving way to his son in 1974.

“It was an unusual thing,” Monroe, 71, said of inheriting the presidency. “I haven’t seen it happen a lot in higher education, but it ...

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