Mitchell College President Mary Ellen Jukoski, Ed.D., announced September 25 that she will end one of the longest runs among modern college presidencies on June 30, 2014, following Mitchell’s 75th anniversary.
“I have been so fortunate to lead an amazing institution that has undergone significant
transformation. It has been a privilege and an honor to collaborate with such dedicated faculty and committed staff during its evolution from a regional two-year institution into a four-year college that is now a national leader in student-centered learning and engagement,” said the president.
Having served as Dean from 1990, Mary Ellen was chosen as Mitchell’s first female and sixth President in March, 1995. “I have always loved being in an educational community where students with diverse backgrounds and differing learning styles and needs can find themselves and flourish,” Jukoski explained. “This is my passion.”
Enrollment under her tenure has almost tripled and the endowment fund has doubled. In the past year alone, the number of students applying to Mitchell rose by nearly 20 percent, yielding a fall class 32 percent larger than one year ago. Her final year will provide “a smooth and seamless transition for the college to welcome the next president,” the college said.
Dr. Elizabeth Ivey, Chair of the Mitchell College Board of Trustees, said that “Mary Ellen has left a real legacy at Mitchell with the college in a very solid academic and stable financial position so that we will be able to search for our next leader.”
Jukoski’s tenure has also been marked by her extraordinary community involvement and as a staunch ambassador for the college in Southeastern Connecticut and throughout the New England Region.
Her service includes the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and numerous boards and councils such as the United Way, Lawrence + Memorial Hospital, Chelsea Groton Bank, Connecticut Campus Compact, and the Connecticut Conference of Independent Colleges.
Most recently, her innovative partnership between the college and the New London STEM Magnet High School offers college courses to both high-school and Mitchell students.
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