2022 Distinguished Citizen Award Dinner

When: October 20th, 2022
Where: The Renaissance Center in Joliet

The Distinguished Citizen Award Dinner (DCAD) is an annual event hosted by the Rainbow Council, Boy Scouts of America which honors an individual who has provided significant and enduring contributions to the community and who embodies the principles and values of the Scouting program and thereby serves as an exemplary role model for our young people.

Dr. Judy L. Mitchell served as Joliet Junior College’s ninth president from 2016 to 2022. In that capacity, she serves on various boards, including Silver Cross Hospital Board, Will County Workforce Investment Board, Habitat for Humanity, Will County Center for Economic Development, and Grundy Economic Development Council. She is a member of Joliet Rotary and the Three Rivers Education Partnership.

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) Best Practices in Community College Budgeting for FY20, the highest form of recognition in governmental accounting and financial reporting. The award is presented annually to colleges based on their budgeting of resources that promote student achievement.

Under Mitchell’s leadership, JJC was the 2021 winner in the Advancing Diversity category from the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). She presented nationally at the AACC Future Leaders Institute on Bridging the Equity Gap in 2021.

Mitchell has been recognized for her contributions to education and the community, receiving the Gary W. Davis Ethical Leadership Award from the Illinois Community College Trustees Association in 2021, which honors individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the pursuit and support of ethical leadership and decision-making. 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.

Mitchell has worked at the college for 25 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.


Thank you to all of our sponsors

Sponsorship Levels are listed below:

Eagle Level for $25,000. 

Includes highlighted accommodations for sixteen guests, a preferred full-page ad placement in the dinner program, Social Media posts & Website presence as well as a feature at the event 

Leadership Level for $15,000. 

Includes highlighted accommodations for sixteen guests, a preferred full-page ad placement in the dinner program & Social Media Posts.

Pacesetter Level for $10,000. 

Includes highlighted accommodations for sixteen guests, preferred full page ad in the dinner program.

 Distinguished Patron for $5,000.

Includes preferred accommodations for eight guests a full-page ad in the dinner program.

Benefactor for $2,500. 

Includes accommodations for eight guests program listing.

Sponsor for $1,500.        
Includes accommodations for eight guests and a program listing.

Full Page Color Ad for $500
Half Page Color Ad for $250

For questions, contact the service center 815-942-4450 or our Development Director, Peter