College of Outreach and Distance Education Names Director of External College and Community Relations

by ABBY TOMLINSON

August 06, 2009

Dennis Michaelis, Ph.D., was recently named the Director of External College and Community Relations for Texas Tech University's College of Outreach and Distance Education. He will begin on September 1, 2009.

As director, Michaelis will oversee the McLennan Community College/Texas Tech University partnership in Waco, Texas. Michaelis will also develop and implement a strategic plan for expanding Texas Tech's presence along the I-35 and I-45 corridors.

Dean of the College of Outreach and Distance Education, Matt Baker, Ph.D., said that he extremely pleased to have Michaelis join the College's team.

"Dr. Michaelis has an outstanding track record when it comes to fostering and securing funding for program growth. This experience, in combination with his other exceptional professional and personal accomplishments, makes him the perfect candidate for this position," Baker said. "I am excited to see the success that his expertise will undoubtedly bring to our college's initiatives."

Originally from Hill City, Kansas, Michaelis earned a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Kansas and a Master of Arts in English from Fort Hays State University before earning a Doctorate in Higher Education Administration from Kansas State University.

Professionally, Michaelis served as president of Paris Junior College in Paris, Texas, and president of Lake Region Community College in Devils Lake, N.D before he began his 21-year-tenure at McLennan Community College (MCC) in 1988.

Under Michaelis' leadership, MCC saw the greatest enrollment growth in the college's history: a 55 percent increase from 5,500 students in 2000 to 8,543 in 2005.

Michaelis was also heavily involved in the development of the University Center at MCC, orchestrating partnerships with six Texas universities. These partnerships provide MCC students with access to bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees.

More recently, Michaelis helped The Friends of MCC pass a $74.5 million bond proposal to fund a new classroom building, science building and emergency medical technology building, as well as update infrastructure on campus.

In 2007, Michaelis helped initiate a partnership between MCC, the city of Waco, McLennan County and several local municipalities to serve Central Texas with a regional emergency services training center.

As a tribute to his dedication, the Dennis F. Michaelis Academic Center, Science Building and Emergency Services Education Center were opened in the past year.

Machaelis has been married to Beverly, his wife, for 44 years and has two sons, Joel and Ryan. He also has three grandchildren, Cameron, Bethany and Katie.

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