This paper proposes a new face recognition system based on combining two feature extraction techniques: the Vander Lugt correlator (VLC) and Gabor ordinal measures (GOM). The proposed system relies on the execution speed of VLC and the robustness of GOM. In this system, we applied the Tan and Triggs and retina modeling enhancement techniques, which are well suited for VLC and GOM, respectively. We evaluated our system on the standard FERET probe data sets and on extended YaleB database. The obtained results exhibited better face recognition rates in a shorter execution time compared to the GOM technique.