"I've been proud to serve on the Tarrant County College Board of Trustees for the past ten years, and as President of the Board for the past 2 years. I've worked hard to earn a reputation for being active, engaged, and fiscally conservative. At this critical time, TCCD needs experienced, trained, knowledgeable, and steady hands to guide it. I can provide that leadership."
Tarrant County College Board Chairman Conrad Heede is no stranger to hard work and perseverance. Born to small business owners who sacrificed to put him through both college and graduate school, Heede was taught the value of a dollar and the importance of keeping one’s promises from an early age.
Heede has always had a passion for education. He received both his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Chemistry from College of the Holy Cross and an MBA from Northeastern University. His commitment to service led him to a tour with the U.S. Navy, where he served our country for several years as a biochemist. Through his subsequent career in both investment and real estate, Heede developed a keen sense of management and finance that would also guide him through five decades of leadership in numerous roles throughout the community, including as Rotary District Governor, an officer in the Grapevine Chamber of Commerce, and on the Industrial Development Commission.
As a long-time resident of Tarrant County, Heede found yet another opportunity to serve his community through the Tarrant County College (TCC) Board in 2011. During his subsequent decade of involvement with the Board, he has worked tirelessly to ensure that TCC provides viable and affordable pathways for local students that help them achieve their educational goals.
Today, the Board stands at a crossroads. Having undertaken a $825 million bond program, TCC requires leaders with experience and long-term vision. Much needed renovations, infrastructure improvements, and sustainability efforts provided by bond income will ensure that the TCC system will serve the needs of the community for generations to come.
As the Board Member from District 2, Heede will seek to execute this vision while continuing to honor the Board's fiduciary responsibilities to be a good steward of taxpayer dollars. His lifetime of community leadership experience, his educational background, and numerous recognitions have amply prepared him for this role, where he will be ready on Day One to lead the Tarrant County College Board into a bright and prosperous future.
Conrad and Betty, his wife of 37 years, live in Colleyville. Together, they raised two children and attend St. Michael’s Catholic Church.
The election for Tarrant County College Board is set for May 1, 2021.
Awards & Distinctions
Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT), Certificate of Achievement
The Rotary Foundation, District Service Award
The Rotary Foundation, Citation for Meritorious Service
The Rotary Foundation, Distinguished Service Award
Rotary International Service, Above Self Award
The President's Golden Century Citation
The District Governor's Award
Ateneu Award for Rotary Service, Sao Paulo, Brazil Rotary Club
Grapevine Rotary Club, Rotarian of the Year, twice
Congresswoman Kay Granger
Representative Giovanni Capriglione, House District 98
Glen Whitley, Tarrant County Judge
Tom Wilder, Tarrant County District Clerk
Commissioner Gary Fickes, Precinct 3
Mayor Betsy Price, Fort Worth
Mayor Laura Hill, Southlake
Mayor William D. Tate, Grapevine
Mayor Oscar Trevino, North Richland Hills
Louise Appleman, 30+ year TCCD Board Member and immediate past president
Roberto Zarate, Past President, Association of Community College Trustees
Tito Rodriguez, North Richland Hills Deputy Mayor Pro Tem
Paul Slechta, Grapevine City Council
Duff O'Dell, Grapevine City Council
Jim Griffin, former Bedford Mayor
Jean K. Cadwallader
Paula C. Day
Dee Dee Dwyer
Jon Michael Franks
Joy Ann Havran
Dr. Gwen Morrison
Becky St. John
Strong & Effective Leadership
Fiscally Conservative Leadership
We are beginning to administer a $825 million Bond Program, building five new buildings, renovating many others on all six campuses, installing new technologies, repairing infrastructure and re-designing classrooms so we can continue to provide effective and motivating learning environments for our students today and into the future. To accomplish our fiduciary responsibilities, we must continue to provide strong conservative leadership. We have significantly reduced our tax rate over the last 6 years by almost 13% and will not have to increase it to service this bond program. Our low tuition rate has not risen in three years and is the 8th lowest of the ten largest community colleges in Texas.
Effectiveness & Efficiency
We have just completed four years of comprehensive study, analysis and planning to take TCCD to the next level of efficiency and effectiveness in teaching and learning. As a result, we are now beginning to incorporate our "3 Goals, 8 Principles" Operating Plan college-wide and it will take experienced hands to accomplish this. I remain committed to implementing the results of this study and planning to ensure the brightest possible future for TCCD.
Pathway to Success
I will work tirelessly to create more partnerships and working relationships with our businesses and industries. These relationships will help build effective pathways for our students to more quickly obtain well-paying jobs, start careers, begin new businesses and to fill the workforce needs of our area's businesses.
Legacy of Excellence
In 2021, Tarrant County College received numerous national recognitions for excellence in education and employment. Forbes ranked Tarrant County College as one of America's top 500 mid-size employers- the first time in known history that TCC has received this ranking. Business Degree Central also recognized TCC as one the nation's most outstanding online business schools and the #1 most popular online degree program in Texas. If re-elected, I will work to continue this legacy of excellence for years to come.