Mickey Slimp named new director of Northeast Texas Consortium located at UT Health Center

Tuesday, January 4, 2005

Mickey Slimp, Ed.D., a leader in technology innovations at Tyler Junior College since 1988, has been named director of the Northeast Texas Consortium (NETnet), said Rick Hefner, vice president for Finance and Administration at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler.

Dr. Slimp is the former dean of Learning Resources at TJC. During his 16 years with the community college, he built one of the most successful distance learning programs in the nation, with more than 8,000 students and about $2.5 million in annual distance learning revenue. He also directed TJC’s instructional technology and learning resources efforts. Dr. Slimp currently chairs the Distance Education Advisory Committee of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

“East Texas is very lucky to have Dr. Slimp. He is known statewide for his contribution to distance education. We are very fortunate to have been able to recruit him to work for the Consortium,” Hefner said. “The Consortium has come a long way over the past 10 years, and with changing technology, NETNet will continue to help to improve the educational opportunities for all East Texans.”

The Northeast Texas Consortium is a group of 15 higher education institutions in the region. The Consortium manages NETnet, a high-speed wireless data network to the colleges, and supports collaborative teaching efforts and combined programs among the schools.

In the past five years, Dr. Slimp raised more than $1.5 million from foundations and government grants to support TJC’s technology infrastructure, software, and training. He established the Texas Center for Online Technology at TJC, which produces and funds technology workshops for colleges around the state. Dr. Slimp also was the founding director of the Virtual College of Texas, which enabled community college students to take courses originating from any college in the state at their local school.

Tyler Junior College President Dr. Bill Crowe said, “Mickey was a great employee. The Virtual College of Texas has helped all of the community colleges in Texas. We hate to see him leave TJC, but we’re glad he will be staying in the community and keeping in touch with us through NETnet.”

In 2002, Dr. Slimp was named the chief executive officer of Tyler Connect, Inc. It is a nonprofit organization that manages ConnecTyler, a community network project designed to upgrade the information infrastructure in the Tyler area, increase computer and Internet access for underserved populations, and build a community Website.

Dr. Gregory S. Powell, president of Panola College and chairman of the Consortium board, said, “I am delighted that NETnet was successful in attracting an executive director of Dr. Slimp’s caliber. Given his proven track record, we expect that Dr. Slimp will be able to enhance partnerships and expand upon the wonderful infrastructure that already exists. As chairman of NETnet, I am looking forward to working closely with Dr. Slimp.”

Dr. Slimp received his doctorate in educational technology at Texas A&M University at Commerce in 1986. He has a master’s degree in instructional communications from East Tennessee State University, where he also received a bachelor of humanities.

The Consortium is a collaborative effort among East Texas institutions to support education projects, including grant-funded work with rural hospitals, public school systems, the Texas Department of State Health Services, and regional public health districts. NETnet’s headquarters, the Center for Educational Technology, is located on the UTHSCT campus.

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