Dr. Judy L. Mitchell is Joliet Junior College’s (JJC) ninth president. She was unanimously approved as the college’s president by the JJC Board of Trustees in September 2016; prior to that, she had served in the role of interim president at the college since March 2016.
She is currently a member of Joliet Rotary, Will County Workforce Investment Board, Grundy/Kankakee Workforce Investment Board, Three Rivers Education Partnership, and United Way/Combined Charities. Dr. Mitchell also serves as a Board Director for Habitat for Humanity, Will County Council for Economic Development (Executive Director), and Grundy County Council for Economic Development.
Dr. Mitchell’s list of financial accomplishments include leading Joliet Junior College’s budgeting process through the state of Illinois’ fiscal crisis and helping the college reduce its operating costs by over $2 million over four years. She spearheaded the pursuit of creative revenue sources to offset operational costs, and, in FY2015, the college garnered more than $5.4 million in grants to achieve just that.
Under her leadership, the college’s financial team was awarded the Government Finance Officers Association’s (GFOA) Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the FY2016 budget. This marked the 11th year in a row that JJC received the award for its budget, which is awarded to governmental bodies that meet the highest principles of governmental budgeting and achieve standards of excellence in financial reporting.
Dr. Mitchell has worked at JJC for 21 years, having started as an administrative assistant in the CIOS department in 1996. In 2001, she served as the program management specialist in Adult and Family Services, then the assistant to the director of administrative services in 2002. In 2004 she became interim director of administrative services before becoming the director of business and auxiliary services in 2005. In September of 2012, she was appointed to the role of VP of administrative services.
Dr. Mitchell received her doctorate in community college leadership from National-Louis University in June 2012. She holds a master’s degree in business administration and a bachelor’s degree in business and technology from Governors State University. She earned an associate’s degree in microcomputers for business and computer programming from JJC in 1998.