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.


Tasha Morales

Associate Vice President of Student Services
P: (409) 247-5380

Tasha Morales, Associate Vice President of Student Services with Lamar Institute of Technology (LIT) has been a student ambassador since she began in higher education. In her nine years of service, she has been a part of TRiO, HSI-STEM, and the Director of Quality Enhancement Plan and Student Success. Understanding the struggles students face from her own personal experience, Ms. Morales strives to help student and student processes to break down barriers to better serve our students. In her five years as director of HSI-STEM, she became an advocate for using technology platforms to help bridge communication of student issues and provide more holistic student assistance.

Ms. Morales holds a Masters of Business Administration in Business Administration from California Southern University, a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies from Hodge University, and an Associate of Arts Degree from South Florida State College.


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.