In Recognition of Dr. John E. Pickelmanby Representative Kevin Brady
Posted on 2013-12-10
in the house of representatives
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Mr. BRADY of Texas. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor an outstanding
leader in higher education in my district. Chancellor Emeritus Dr. John
E. Pickelman became the second chancellor of North Harris County
College in 1991 and served until his retirement in 2007.
During his service as chancellor, enrollment increased from 14,000 to over 49,000 and grew from three colleges--LSC-North Harris, LSC- Kingwood and LSC-Tomball to five colleges, with the addition of LSC- Montgomery and LSC-CyFair, the first community college to open in the 21st century.
Under his strong commitment to provide access to quality education for all citizens, LSCS's boundaries expanded from five to eleven independent school districts and added six satellite centers.
Dr. Pickelman expanded the dual credit program and created early college high schools in partnership with local school districts which allowed qualified high school students to earn college credit while still in high school.
He established The University Center, an innovative, highly successful multi-university teaching facility in The Woodlands, providing students and the community the opportunity to earn a bachelors or master's degree from six public universities.
Dr. Pickelman was also credited with establishing a university-level sabbatical program for the benefit of Lone Star College System faculty and administrators to continue professional work in their respective fields.
He served as a tireless advocate and leader for higher education at the local, state and national level and championed the college's role in economic development, establishing the center for Business and Economic Development, the Chamber Alliance and Leadership North Houston.
Some of his leadership roles in numerous national, state and local organizations include chairman of the board of directors of the Southern Association Colleges and Schools, chairman of the board of the Texas Association of Community Colleges and president of the Association of Texas Colleges and Universities.
Dr. Pickelman earned a bachelor's degree in English from Albion College and a master's degree in education from the University of Missouri at Kansas City. He received his Ph.D. from The University of Texas at Austin, where he received a distinguished graduate award from the College of Education.
Dr. Pickelman and his wife, Barbara, are proud parents of two sons, Matthew and Jason; and four grandchildren. He is an excellent chef and he has personally raised over $100,000 for student scholarships auctioning off his culinary evenings.
In recognition for his years of accomplished service in higher education, the Lone Star College System will rename the student center at the Lone Star College-Kingwood campus the Dr. John E. Pickelman Student Center.
Dr. Pickelman, I congratulate you on this honor and I want to thank you for your years of service to higher education and for your generous commitment to serving others.