Dr. W. Sam Monroe, who has been a part of Lamar State College-Port Arthur for 49 years and held various leadership positions including president for the past 39, has announced he will retire effective Aug. 31, 2014.
Dr. Monroe succeeded his father, Madison Monroe, as president of Port Arthur College in 1974 and has served in that capacity for nearly four decades.
"It's been a privilege to serve in this position and work for an institution dedicated to improving opportunity and the quality of life for people," Dr. Monroe said. "It has been such a rewarding and satisfying position to be in; you see firsthand the results of your work."
Dr. Monroe has been directly affiliated with Port Arthur College, the forerunner of LSC-PA, since 1965, when he joined the college owned radio station KPAC AM/FM as a staff announcer. After serving in various management positions at the station, in 1973 he was named Executive Vice President of the college and a year later he succeeded his father, who had been president since 1958.