Dr. Judy L. Mitchell is Joliet Junior College's 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.
Mitchell serves on various boards, including Will County Workforce Investment Board, Habitat for Humanity, Will County Center for Economic Development, Grundy Economic Development Council, and nationally for E and I Cooperative Services. She is a member of Joliet Rotary and the Three Rivers Education Partnership. In addition, she recently served as the keynote speaker at the Joliet Central Fearless Females Z Club Induction Ceremony, sharing her message of persistence and empowerment. The Fearless Females Z Club is the Zonta Club of the Joliet Area. In 2018, Mitchell was honored with the Zonta Club of Joliet’s Woman of Distinction Award for her contributions to improving the status of women in the community.
Additionally, she has led the college budgeting process through the state of Illinois’ fiscal crisis and helped the college reduce its operating costs by over $2 million over four years, in addition to encouraging the pursuit of creative revenue sources like grant dollars to offset operational costs. In FY15, the college garnered more than $5.4 million in grants to offset operational costs.
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 JJC had received the award for its budget, which is only given to government bodies that meet the highest principles of governmental budgeting and achieve standards of excellence in financial reporting.
Mitchell has worked at the college 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, followed by the assistant to the director of administrative services in 2002. In 2004 she became interim director of administrative services, and then the director of business and auxiliary services in 2005. In September 2012, she was appointed to the role of VP of administrative services.
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 degree in microcomputers for business and computer programming from JJC in 1998.