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Dr. Michael Chipps

President - Northeast Community College

Dr. Michael Chipps

Michael R. Chipps, Ph.D., is a nationally recognized community college chief executive officer with over 38-years of higher education experience. He assumed the presidency at Northeast in February 2012 after serving 10-years as president and chief executive officer of Mid-Plains Community College in North Platte and McCook. He also served 21 years in the United States Army/Army Reserve and retired as a Major in 1995.

A Nebraska native, Dr. Chipps received his Doctor of Philosophy: Educational Administration, Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. He earned a Master of Science in Education from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. He also holds a Bachelor of Science in Education Degree with a major in Sociology and minor in Psychology from the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

Dr. Chipps has served for a number of years on regional, national and international boards. Since 1994, he has been an international higher education consultant for over 90 colleges, universities and other organizations and served as a team chair for accreditation visits for distinguished organizations such as the American Council of Education and the Higher Learning Commission, among others. Dr. Chipps also writes and presents articles and essays for the higher education community; the latest of which represent the reflections of college presidents relating to the value and state of American higher education.

He is also a former member of the board of directors of the World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics, which serves the global higher education community of 38 nations. He has also made presentations in several countries, most recently in Australia, Bahrain and Brazil. Dr. Chipps serves on the Presidential Advisory Board for the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society. He is also a member of the Nebraska Advanced Manufacturing Coalition Board of Directors.

Dr. Chipps has been recognized by several distinguished organizations, including the American Association of Community Colleges, Phi Theta Kappa, Nebraska Department of Education/Nebraska Career Education, the Nebraska Community College Association, and the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations.

His recognitions include the Outstanding Administrator Award from the Nebraska Community College Association and the Shirley B. Gordon Award of Distinction for his leadership and support of the Phi Theta Kappa academic honor society. Dr. Chipps and the Northeast Board of Governors were named by the American Association of Community Colleges as one of four finalists in the nation for its Exemplary CEO/Board of Trustees Award of Excellence. The Norfolk Daily News selected Dr. Chipps as one of three finalists for its inaugural 2015 Person of the Year Award. The Nebraska Department of Education/Nebraska Career Education presented him with the 2016 Elaine Stuhr Leadership and Advocacy Award. This is the highest honor that Nebraska Career Education recognizes each year. Dr. Chipps was the recipient of the 2017 Association of Community College Trustees Western Region Chief Executive Officer Award, representing 10 states and five Canadian provinces and territories.