FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Nov. 28, 2005
Media contact: Dale Stowell, (253) 381-0616, firstname.lastname@example.org
Denise R. Yochum will become the president at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom in mid-January. Yochum’s selection was announced today by Pierce College District Chancellor Michele L. Johnson, Ph.D., following a national search.
Yochum, who is currently Vice President for Instruction at Grays Harbor College in Aberdeen, said she is honored to come to a college and district nationally recognized for quality and innovation. She cited recent awards the district has received for having the best library and best military education programs in the country.
“The thing I am most excited about is the quality of the people involved with Pierce College Fort Steilacoom and the district as a whole,” Yochum said. “The innovation of the faculty within the district and the recent national recognition speak clearly of a college providing top quality programs to its community.”
Johnson cited Yochum’s breadth of experience and outstanding communication skills among the reasons Yochum was picked from a strong field of finalists. In addition to the Pierce College Fort Steilacoom presidency, Yochum will serve as the chief academic officer for the district, which also includes Pierce College Puyallup and Pierce College Extended Learning.
“Denise brings the type of experience and skills that will help move Pierce College Fort Steilacoom forward,” said Johnson. “We look forward to Denise’s vision and leadership as we continue to work together to develop new facilities and programs to create opportunities for the communities we serve.”
Yochum has served as chief academic officer for Grays Harbor since 2001. She also has experience as a university and community college faculty member, the dean of an academic division, an administrator in workforce training, considerable background in distance learning and experience in designing classrooms and learning labs for colleges.
She is a doctoral candidate in Gonzaga University’s educational leadership program and her dissertation includes a study and analysis of student retention and success rates in distance learning classes, distance learning/ground hybrid courses and traditional classroom courses.
Yochum is scheduled to start on Jan. 16, 2006.
Pierce College Fort Steilacoom is at 9401 Farwest Drive S.W., Lakewood.
Pierce College Puyallup is at 1601 39th Ave. S.E.