LSC-O Waves Goodbye to Burgess
The Lamar State College-Orange family is saying goodbye to one of its matriarchs, Bobbie Burgess, as she retires after 27 years on campus to move to the Hill Country with her family. Serving as Vice-President of Student Services since 2002, she also held positions as the Director of Financial Aid, Director of Student Services and Dean of Student Services over the span of her LSC-O career. She has watched the campus grow and expand, helped thousands of students and watched as yesterday’s student workers grew into today’s campus staff.
“Bobbie has played an important role in the growth and development of Lamar-Orange over the past 27 years,” said Dr. Michael Shahan, president of LSC-O. “She has consistently represented the interests of our students and worked to provide them with the resources they need to succeed in college. She will certainly be missed.”
Growing up in Orange and graduating from Little Cypress High School, Burgess received her bachelor of business administration degree and a master’s of education degree in guidance and counseling from Lamar University. Active in various professional and civic organizations, she has volunteered for many non-profit organizations, as well. She was elected for three terms to the Bridge City City Council, and then was elected to three terms as the first female mayor of Bridge City.
She is a member of the Council of Student Services Vice Presidents, Texas Association of College and Student Personnel Administrators, and the Texas Association of Community College Chief Student Affairs Officers. In addition, she has served on the Southeast Texas Regional Planning Commission Executive Committee, is a member of the Orange County Juvenile Advisory Board, past president of the Bridge City Rotary Club, and past president of Orange County United Way, to name a few.
Bobbie is married to Judge Don Burgess, with whom she has three children and three grandchildren. They both love to spend time with family, to travel, raise Plumeria and scuba dive. With mixed emotions, her friends and family at LSC-O wish the Burgess’ all the best as they start the newest chapter of their lives.
We will miss you!