Dr. Michael Chipps is President of Northeast Community College in Nebraska. The 20-county Northeast area encompasses one major campus in Norfolk, three extended campuses, and over 60 educational sites.
Prior to leading Northeast, Dr. Chipps served as President for Mid-Plains Community College in Nebraska from 2003-2012.
Previous to these presidencies, he served as vice-president and chief executive officer of North Platte Community College in Nebraska and for 23 years held multiple instructional, student affairs, and administrative positions at Central Community College in Nebraska.
Dr. Chipps holds a Doctorate of Philosophy Degree from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln in Educational Administration, Curriculum and Instruction with a Specialization in Management of Colleges and Universities. He completed a counseling internship at the Nebraska Psychiatric Institute at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha and holds a Master of Science in Education Degree with a Specialization in Counseling 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 also served 21 years in the United States Army Reserve and retired as a Major in 1995.
Since 1994, Dr. Chipps has been serving as an international higher education consultant for over 60 colleges and universities and served as a team chair for accreditation visits. He served a number of years on regional and national commissions and boards such as the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) Commission for Academic, Student, and Community Development in Washington, D.C., and with the Institutional Actions Council for the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) in Chicago, Ill. He also served as Education Council Co-Chair for the Nebraska Information Technology Commission and on the AACC/ACCT (Association of Community College Trustees) Joint Commission on Federal Relations.
In 2007, Dr. Chipps received the Outstanding Administrator Award from the Nebraska Community College Association. In 2008, he received the Shirley B. Gordon Award of Distinction for his leadership and support of the Phi Theta Kappa academic honor society. In 2009, he received the District V National Council for Marketing and Public Relations Pacesetter Award.
Chipps writes and presents articles and essays for the higher education community; the latest of which represent the reflections of college presidents. This work was a collection of essays presented to national policy makers and President Obama. He also provided leadership for college presidents to write a collective response to President Obama regarding the current condition and value of higher education.
In 2010, Chipps was elected to the American Association of Community Colleges Board of Directors, located in Washington, D.C., and has served on the AACC Executive Committee. The AACC serves as the national voice for America’s 1,200 community colleges.
In 2011, Chipps was elected to serve on the Board of Trustees for the Higher Learning Commission in Chicago, Ill., and is serving on the HLC Executive Committee. The Higher Learning Commission serves as the major accreditation organization for over 1,000 colleges and universities.
In 2012, Dr. Chipps was elected to the Board of Directors of the World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics in Ontario, Canada, which serves the global higher education community of more than 38 nations.