Joliet Junior College president’s retirement date extended to 2022

President Judy Mitchell initially was set to retire at the end of 2021

Joliet Junior College President Judy Mitchell won’t retire until Aug. 31, 2022, after her retirement date was extended by the JJC Board of Trustees last week.

Mitchell previously had announced she would retire at the end of 2021, according to a news release.

“While I remain excited to start the next chapter of my life, I want you to know that I accepted this extension because it is important to me that there is a smooth transition of leadership in the President’s Office,” Mitchell said in a statement. “We have been through so much in the last year. Beyond the warm welcome I know you will provide, I want the 10th president of Joliet Junior College to have a solid foundation as they begin their JJC journey.”

The board has worked with the Pauly Group, a national search firm with more than 30 years of experience in academic and executive leadership placement, to lead the process.

JJC Board Chairman Dan O’Connell thanked Mitchell for agreeing to extend her retirement date.

“Her last five years of leadership will provide the necessary guidance for the college to successfully navigate this transition,” O’Connell said in a statement.

Mitchell began her career at JJC as an administrative assistant in the Computer Information Office Systems Department in 1996, according to the release. She eventually rose to become director of business and auxiliary services in 2005 and vice president of administrative services in 2012.

The JJC Board of Trustees unanimously approved Mitchell’s hiring as president in September 2016.

Alex Ortiz

Alex Ortiz

Alex Ortiz is a reporter for The Herald-News in Joliet. Originally from Romeoville, Ill., he joined The Herald-News in 2017 and mostly covers Will County government, politics, education and more. He earned his bachelor's degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a master's degree from Northwestern University.