The Digital Higher Education Consortium of Texas assists Texas community colleges in providing learners an education without barriers through high quality digital educational opportunities, resources, and services that help students succeed.
DigiTex operates under the auspices of the Texas Association of Community Colleges and serves all 50 public community college districts in Texas.
Judith Sebesta, Ph.D., Executive Director
Dr. Sebesta comes to DigiTex with an extensive background in higher education as a faculty member, administrator, and policy analyst, focusing most recently on innovation and online learning to support college affordability and student access and success. Judith has served in a variety of roles at the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, including as Program Director for Distance Education, Director of Innovation, and Project Director for Open Educational Resources (OER). She also was founding Executive Director of the Institute for Competency-Based Education based at Texas A&M University-Commerce.
Prior to shifting her career focus to the broader landscape of policy and practice in online education and OER, Judith enjoyed a fifteen-year career as a professor of theatre and department chair, teaching at University of Evansville in Indiana, University of Arizona, University of Missouri, and Lamar University.
In addition to leading DigiTex, Judith also serves as the President of the Executive Council for the Community College Consortium for OER and represents DigiTex in the national DOERS3 (Driving OER Sustainability for Student Success) Collaborative. She also is a member of the Regional Leaders for Open Education and the OER Cost Savings and ROI Workgroup of the Midwestern Higher Education Compact.
Judith holds a B.A. in Communication Arts from Austin College, an M.S. in Theatre from Florida State University, and a Ph.D. in Theatre History & Criticism from the University of Texas at Austin. Judith also earned a certificate in open licensing from Creative Commons.
Ursula Pike, Associate Director
Ms. Pike brings to DigiTex a decade of experience working in higher education in Texas. Ms. Pike is a member of the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion committee for the Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources. She was also a member of the 2020-2021 cohort of SPARC’s Open Education Leadership Fellows program, where she developed an Open Educational Resource highlighting the experiences of Women of Color in the Open Education movement. Ms. Pike previously was a grant writer for Austin Community College District and wrote successful applications for the Gallaudet University Regional Center, the Labor Department’s Community College and Career Training program, and a variety of other federal and state grants. Ursula has a master’s degree in Economics from Western Illinois University and is a graduate of the Institute of American Indian Arts, a tribal college in New Mexico.
Heather Walker, Program Coordinator
Ms. Walker has spent the past thirteen years working in the field of higher education, first as a professor of English composition and literature at two different Texas community colleges, and later as a customer service representative and administrative assistant for Austin Community College. During her years as an instructor, she taught online courses extensively and acquired a strong understanding of the unique benefits and challenges of the online classroom, as well as an appreciation of the contribution that distance education makes to student success and degree completion. She is happy to be joining DigiTex at this time and excited to have the opportunity to work with the consortium to help achieve its goals for the future. Heather holds a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education and English from Concordia University Texas and a Master’s degree in English from Baylor University.
The DigiTex Advisory Council advises and assists the Executive Director on the consortium’s policies and activities, advocates for the community colleges which comprise DigiTex’s membership, and helps increase partnership and collaboration among DigiTex’s member institutions.
DigiTex enjoys memberships in, and partnerships with, a variety of organizations across Texas and the U.S.