Innovations 2007

March 4-7, 2007
Hilton New Orleans

Hosted by
Louisiana Community and Technical College System

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General Conference, Ancillary Meetings, Hotel Information:
Robin Piccirilli
(480) 705-8200 x232

Presenter Questions:
Robin Piccirilli
(480) 705-8200 x232

Registration Questions:
Judy Greenfield
(480) 705-8200 x200

Exhibition, Partnership:
Chris Hennessey
(480) 705-8200 x237

Website Questions:
Andre Morris

(480) 705-8200 x242

Technical Questions:
Matthew Milliron

(480) 705-8200 x225


Conference Information

Stephen K. MittelstetStephen K. Mittelstet is president of Richland College of the Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD), where he has served on the humanities faculty since the college opened in 1972.  Mittelstet has served since 1979 as president of Richland College and was recognized by the 79th Texas Legislature in 2005 for his “contributions to the educational vitality of North Texas” and congratulated him on “25 years of outstanding service as President of Richland College.”  Under Dr. Mittelstet’s leadership, Richland is the first community college to be recognized by the White House and the U.S. Department of Commerce as a recipient of the 2005 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, was also the recipient of the Texas Award for Performance Excellence (2005), and named a Vanguard College  by the League for Innovation in the Community College (1999, 2000), a Greater Expectations College in the Liberal Arts by the American Association of Colleges and Universities, a Pacesetter Best in Class Honoree by Florida State University, and one of eight pilot institutions for new accreditation standards by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.  Mittelstet also serves as the Superintendent of Schools for the newly chartered Richland Collegiate High School for Mathematics, Science, and Engineering, the only community college charter school in Texas (2005).

Having graduated as valedictorian from Borger High School and having attended Frank Phillips (Community) College in Borger, Texas, Mittelstet earned his B.A. degree summa cum laude in English, French, and History/Religion from McMurry College, Abilene, Texas, in 1967 and earned his Ph.D. in 1972 in higher education administration/English from the Community College Leadership Program at The University of Texas at Austin.  He has completed post-doctoral work at l’Institute de la Valouze, la Roche Chalais, France; Centre d’Etudes Françaises, Institute for American Universities; University of Avignon, France; Centro Linguistico, Costa Rica; and the Summer Institute for Intercultural Communications, Portland State University, Oregon.  In addition, he has completed numerous informal studies in mind-body-spirit work through Richland College, the National Wellness Conference, and the Fetzer Institute.

Mittelstet has taught Adult Basic Education and GED preparation (The University of Texas at Austin/U.T. Austin), college-level French (McMurry and Richland), humanities (Richland), community college curriculum and instruction (Texas A&M at Commerce/TAMUC),  graduate-level change management theory (University of North Texas/UNT, TAMUC), and higher education administration as guest lecturer (U.T. Austin, UNT, TAMUC).  Mittelstet is a frequent consultant, keynote speaker, and author with more than 100 community colleges, higher education organizations, and civic and business groups in 38 states and abroad on topics such as: building and celebrating organizational community among employees; leadership development; strategic planning; the role of humor in organizational culture and productivity; establishing organizational values; intercultural communications; service learning; the role of arts in culture; organic organizational structures and accountability; environmental scanning; organizational deployment of national Baldrige criteria for comprehensive institutional effectiveness; embedding the Learning College; nurturing authentic behavior in teaching, learning, and leadership; and building sustainable community.

Before assuming the presidency of Richland College, Mittelstet served on Richland’s founding staff as Director of Community Services and Continuing Education, followed by positions as Assistant Dean, Associate Dean, and Dean of Instruction, as well as DCCCD Director of Instructional Television, Assistant to the Chancellor, and Assistant Chancellor of Operations and Planning.

Mittelstet has served on numerous national, regional, and state boards and task forces for the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, the American Association of Colleges and Universities National Leadership Council (2005-present), the national board of the Community College Humanities Association (1990-present), the board of the National Institute for Leadership Development (1996-03), the national board of the Continuous Quality Improvement Network (1993-03), the board of the American Association of Community Colleges (1994-96), and chair of the Community College Satellite Network board (1994-96).

Mittelstet has earned honors and awards for his academic, organizational, and community leadership, as well as for his teaching and instructional television productions, including The Chair Academy’s 2006 International Exemplary Leader Award; Texas Association for Black Personnel in Higher Education TABPHE Community Award for Educational Advancement (2006); National Council for Learning Resources’ Administrative Leadership Award (2004); Shirley B.  Gordon Award of Distinction, Phi Theta Kappa student honor and service organization(1997); Outstanding Foreign Language Educator, American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages (1994); Distinguished Humanities Educator of the Year, Community College Humanities Association (1995 and 1989); Outstanding Continuing Education Leader, National Council for Community Service and Continuing Education (1992); Master Teacher Award, National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (1991); Distinguished Graduate, U.T. Austin (1990); Transformational Leader in the Community College, League for Innovation in the Community College (1989); Citizen of the Year, City of Richardson Chamber of Commerce (1989); Innovator of the Year, League for Innovation in the Community College (1985); Honorary Doctorate in Humanities, McMurry College (1980).  From 1978 through 1989, Mittelstet received eleven national awards as executive producer of educational and promotional television programs from the USA Film Festival, Freedoms Foundation, Ohio State Awards American Marketing Report, National Council for Marketing and Public Relations, and Community College Association for Instructional Technology.

An active proponent of integrated learning and of building multicultural community, Mittelstet fostered the establishment of Richland’s Multicultural Center; World Languages, Cultures, and Communications Division; Global Studies; Studies Abroad; Service Learning Curriculum; Mind-Body Health Studies; Honors Program; Emeritus Program; Peace Studies; Ethnic Studies (African-American/Black; Mexican-American/Latino; Asian/Middle Eastern-American); Thunderwater Organizational Learning Institute; Faculty Multimedia Resource Center; Uncommittee interdisciplinary professional development program; visiting professorships; three Richland art galleries (Brazos, Lago Vista, and Fannin); Lakeside Amphitheater; RTV (Richland monthly video magazine); the Work Like Your Dog Institute and Bow-Wow! monthly humor-in-the-workplace newsletter; Poetry in Motion with Dallas Area Rapid Transit; Workforce Development and Corporate Services; and the Richland Collegiate High School for Mathematics, Science, and Engineering.  Mittelstet also was instrumental in establishing collaborative agreements resulting in curriculum development of joint courses, student exchanges, faculty training, and distance learning course delivery between Richland College and educational institutions in Australia, Kuwait, Mexico, Mozambique, Russia, and Vietnam.

Mittelstet’s local community leadership in Dallas, Garland, and Richardson includes graduating from Leadership Dallas (1978); founding Leadership Richardson (1985); serving as chair, president, or fund-raising chair of such organizations as Rotary, YMCA, YWCA; and serving on boards of chambers of commerce, church, bank, arts organizations, PTA, hospitals, transportation, and planning and economic development councils.