J. Michael and Bridget Shahan Events Center Unveiled
As the longest standing president in the history of Lamar State College – Orange, Dr. Michael Shahan has a lasting legacy on campus. Even though he will retire soon after leading the college for 24 years, for decades to come visitors to LSC-O will know of his work now that he and his wife have been honored with a building on campus.
Surrounded by their family and friends as well as representatives from the Texas State University System and community, Michael and Bridget Shahan stood by proudly as the J. Michael and Bridget Shahan Events Center was unveiled Tuesday, July 17.
The newest building on the LSC-O campus was opened in the fall of 2017 and was previously called the Cypress Center.
TSUS Chancellor Brian McCall recognized that in his 24 years of service to Lamar State College – Orange, Dr. Shahan oversaw $47 million in improvements to the campus and did so with a caring heart for students, faculty, staff, and the community.
Senator Robert Nichols and State Representative Dade Phelan, who have worked closely with Shahan over the years, thanked both Shahans for their service to Orange.
In his remarks, Dr. Shahan expressed his gratitude to former Lamar State College – Port Arthur president, Sam Monroe, who hired him in the early 1970s as a history teacher. With Bridget by his side, Dr. Shahan teared up thanking the many Lamar State College – Orange employees he has worked with for more than two decades.
Dr. Shahan officially retires August 31.
For photos of the unveiling, visit the Lamar State College – Orange Facebook page.