The LIT Executive Team

Rudy Gonzales

Vice President of Finance and Operations
E: rvgonzales@lit.edu
P: (409) 880-7633

Rudy Gonzales, Vice President of Finance and Operations with Lamar Institute of Technology (LIT) has worked in higher education as Vice Chancellor and Vice President of Finance and Administration for over 20 years, possessing significant experience in environments of rapid growth.

He has far-reaching knowledge in senior financial and management operations, with extensive leadership proficiency in accounting, strategic planning, budgeting, regulatory compliance, investments, risk management, along with experience in construction planning, human resources, payroll, banking relations, contracts and mergers.

He has gladly served as President of the Southern Association of Colleges and Universities Business Officer as well as past Board member of the National Association of Colleges and Universities Business Officer.

Gonzales earned a B.B.A. in accounting from Texas A&M University-Kingsville and a MBA in Business Administration from Sul Ross State University.

Dr. Angela J. Hill

Interim Vice President & Provost
E: ajhill@lit.edu
P: (409) 880-8188

Angela Hill, Associate Vice President for Student and Academic Success has been with Lamar Institute of Technology (LIT) since 2009. She has nearly two decades of K-12 and higher education expertise. Prior to joining LIT, she taught business education to at-risk high school students.

Dr. Hill has leadership experience in student services, academic affairs, online learning, and faculty and staff development. She has held positions such as Computer Information Systems Instructor, Executive Director for Teaching and Learning Center, Faculty Liaison and Dean of Student Success.

In addition, she has earned two bachelor degrees from Lamar University: B.B.A., Management Information Systems and a B.B.A., Finance in 2001. Additionally, she holds a MS in Educational Administration from Prairie View A&M University and a PhD in Educational Leadership from Hampton University.

Dr. Miranda Phillips

Associate Vice President for Strategic and Workforce Initiatives
E: mphillips1@lit.edu
P: (409) 839-2014

Miranda Phillips, Associate Vice President for Strategic and Workforce Initiatives has worked in education for 20 years; as a teacher, a school counselor, Director of Counseling and then as Director of Career and Technical Education for Beaumont ISD. She began her career at LIT as a Dean of Student and Academic success and is now the Associate Vice President of Strategic and Workforce Initiatives.

Dr. Phillips is actively involved in several community organizations that promote synergy between education and business/industry to meet local workforce needs. She is an active member Leadership Southeast Texas and serves on the Advisory Council. She is also Division Chair of the Chamber of Commerce’s Advancing Education and Workforce Readiness division, as well as a Board Member for Green Dot Charter Schools.

In addition, she has earned a bachelor of science degree from Texas A&M University in Psychology. She holds a M. Ed. in Counseling and Development from Lamar University and a Ph.D. in Psychology from Northcentral University.

Dr. Veronica Garcia

Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management
E: vhgarcia@lit.edu
P: (409) 839-2035

Veronica Garcia, Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management with Lamar Institute of Technology (LIT), has over 20 years of experience in higher education working at a public community college in Arizona and private non-profit adult serving university in California before joining LIT.

Dr. Garcia has worked in various roles in Enrollment Management, Student Services and Academic Operations over the years and has experience in policy development and administration, federal, state, and institutional regulatory compliance, and providing support resources and services to increase access and success within higher education for underrepresented student populations.

In addition, she holds an AA in Criminal Justice from Arizona Western College, a BA in Psychology and MEd in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University and an EdD in Organizational Change and Leadership from the University of Southern California.

Kenneth Mason

Interim Dean of Instruction
E: kjmason@lit.edu
P: (409) 951-5722

Kenneth Mason, Interim Dean of Academic Affairs with Lamar Institute of Technology (LIT) has worked in higher education for over 16 years. His experience includes both academic and adult continuing education.

Mr. Mason has leadership experience in the LIT Regional Police Academy and as an academic department chair. He has held positions as an adjunct instructor, Criminal Justice instructor, Assistant Director of the LIT Regional Police Academy, and Public Service and Safety Department Chair.

In addition, he has earned a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Criminal Justice from Lamar University.

Andrea Stephenson

Interim Dean of Student Success
E: aostephenson@lit.edu
P: (409) 951-5733

Andrea Stephenson, Interim Dean of Student Success, joined Lamar Institute of Technology (LIT) as Associate Dean of Student Success in 2020. She has nearly two decades of higher education and student success expertise.

She has leadership experience in new student programs, student leadership and engagement, and advising. She has held positions including Coordinator of New Student Programs, Director of Student Support Services (TRIO), and Director of Advising, Counseling, Testing, and Recruiting.

In addition, she has earned a BA in Psychology and an MS in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Lamar University.