IN RECOGNITION OF DR. JOHN E. PICKELMAN; Congressional Record Vol. 159, No. 174
(Extensions of Remarks - December 10, 2013)

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[Extensions of Remarks]
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                            HON. KEVIN BRADY

                                of texas

                    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 
  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 
  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.