Mickey Slimp

Northeast Texas Consortium of Colleges and Universities
UT Health Northeast

As the executive director of the Northeast Texas Consortium of Colleges and Universities, Dr. Mickey Slimp leads a group of eight public two-year colleges, four universities and one university health science center working together to "increase access to educational and rural health programs for the people of Northeast Texas." Focusing on areas north of Houston to the Red River, the consortium's projects include the Northeast Texas Network (NETnet), providing broadband to the member colleges; SUPERnet, a K-12 collaborative broadband venture; and the East Texas Interactive Healthcare Network, providing medical education and broadband via the FCC Rural Health Initiative. Based at UT Health Northeast, the consortium was People’s Telephone’s BTOP educational and medical partner in creating the Northeast Texas Medical and Educational Fiber Optic Network.

Slimp leads the Instructional Technology Council for Community Colleges New Initiatives Group, a national "brain trust" offering insights on technology and distance learning practice. He also serves on advisory board for Internet2’s US Unified Community Anchor Network and served on the board for the Community College Satellite Network. He was actively involved in the community access movement and initiated several community access channels that still serve the East Texas area.

His local work garnered him induction during 2013 into the Texas Distance Learning Association's Hall of Fame. The award cited his role as the founding director of the Virtual College of Texas and as the project director for Internet Teachers at Every College, which created more than 1,400 new Internet teachers statewide.

Mickey is a past chair of the Texas STARlink Satellite Network Advisory Board, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board's Distance Education Advisory Committee, the Texas Consortium of Educational Technology, the Forest Trail Library Consortium, and other professional associations. More recently, he served on the executive board of the Texas LEARN network.

Mickey has taught for two Texas A&M University branches, was a research associate at Auburn University, served as a dean at Tyler Junior College, and holds a current faculty appointment with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler.

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