Board Member, CGCC Quality Board of Advisors
Former President, Richland Community College
Stephen 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 Richland’s president and was recognized by the 79th Texas Legislature for his “25 years of outstanding service as President of Richland College and for his contributions to the educational vitality of North Texas.”
Under Dr. Mittelstet’s leadership, Richland College is the first community college to be recognized by the White House and the U.S. Department of Commerce as a recipient of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award (2005); is the first accredited higher education institution to receive the Governor’s Texas Award for Performance Excellence (2005); was selected for the Community Engagement Classification in the Curricular Engagement and Outreach & Partnerships category by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, addressing the nature and extent of engagement with the community (2006); and was named a Vanguard Learning College by the League for Innovation in the Community College (1999/2000), a Greater Expectations College in the Liberal Arts by the Association of American Colleges & 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 dual credit-only Richland Collegiate High School for Mathematics, Science, and Engineering, the only community college charter school in Texas (2005), rated “Exemplary” in its first year by the Texas Education Agency. Mittelstet earned his B.A. degree summa cum laude in English, French, and History/Religion from McMurry College and his Ph.D. 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. Mittelstet has served on numerous national, regional, and state boards and task forces and on boards of local chambers of commerce and planning and economic development councils.