Dr. Veronique Tran
Dr. Veronique Tran joined Lee College in June 2017 as the Vice President for Instruction, providing leadership in all aspects of instruction and program development, and supervising academic operations. She is a member of the President’s Cabinet and works with faculty and staff to ensure the quality and integrity of the academic and technical learning environment. She also serves as the Accreditation Liaison to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
Known as a servant leader who supports faculty and staff and encourages them to continually innovate and enhance the quality of their teaching and programs, Dr. Tran has held key leadership positions in academic and faculty affairs at Lone Star College, the University of Houston (UH), and Rice University. She has coordinated faculty professional development and developed and led campus-wide initiatives to enhance student success, and applied her accreditation expertise as a change management consultant for several institutions. Further, she has implemented various high-impact practices, such as helping faculty integrate inquiry-based learning in the curriculum and mentor undergraduate researchers. Dr. Tran also has interest in service learning and civic engagement, global learning, promoting study abroad, and supporting international students. She formalized international articulation agreements between universities in Vietnam and UH for programs in Business and Hotel and Restaurant Management, and co-developed a program that promotes cross-cultural understanding among college students. She has served on national review panels for the Boren and Gilman study abroad scholarships and the National Science Foundation. A longtime advocate for women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) who is frequently invited to speak and host outreach activities for middle- and high-school students, Tran enjoys integrating the arts into STEM.
As a former engineer and biomedical researcher, she also brings technical expertise in STEM fields to the Vice President of Instruction position — especially in the oil and gas and health industries. Dr. Tran immigrated with her family to the U.S. as part of refugee program after the end of the Vietnam War. She is a first-generation high school and college graduate. She began her college journey at North Harris Community College (now Lone Star College – North Harris) and received her B.S. in Chemical Engineering in 1991 from the University of Houston. She worked four years as an upstream facilities engineer for Shell Western Exploration & Production, Inc. before returning to graduate school to complete her Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering in 2002 from the Joint Program in BME from UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas and the University of Texas at Arlington. Following a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Drug Delivery in at Yale University, she returned to her alma mater to help build the UH Biomedical Engineering Program as a founding faculty member. She subsequently took on leadership roles at Rice University and UH, serving as Executive Director of Departmental Advancement, Director of the Quality Enhancement Plan, founding Coordinator of the Tier One Scholars Program and adviser for nationally competitive study abroad scholarships. Dr. Tran’s community college administrative leadership experience began in 2014 as the founding Dean of Math & Sciences at Lone Star College – University Park in northwest Houston.
She resides in League City with her husband, Tim, and their two teenage sons, one of whom attends Lee College.