The LIT Executive Team

Sidney E. Valentine, Ph.D.

P: (409) 880-8596

Sidney E. Valentine, Ph.D., President of Lamar Institute of Technology (LIT) assumed office August 16, 2022. Since 2015, Dr. Valentine has served as chief academic and student services officer at South Florida State College. While at the university he, “provided academic leadership for the college’s transfer, vocational, technical, adult and community education, and workforce education programs.”

Valentine also served as the associate vice president of industrial and engineering technology at York College in South Carolina. Before that, he was the director of workforce and economic development at the West Virginia Community and Technical College System.

Dr. Valentine earned his doctoral degree and Master of Science degree in computer engineering from the University of South Carolina in Columbia, S.C and his Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the WVU Institute of Technology in Montgomery, W.V.


Rudy Gonzales

Vice President of Finance and Operations
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

Vice President of Instruction/Provost
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. Veronica Garcia

Associate Vice President of Instruction
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

Dean of Instruction
P: (409) 951-5722

Kenneth Mason, Dean of Instruction 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 positions as an adjuct instructor, Criminal Justice instructor , Assistant Director of the LIT Regional Police Academy, Public Service and Safety Department Chair, and Associate Dean of Instruction.

Mason earned a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Criminal Justice from Lamar University.