Cochise College Foundation welcomes new board member


Joanna Michelich portraitThe Cochise College Foundation, which promotes student success through scholarships, facilities development, and program support, has appointed Dr. Joanna K. Michelich as a new member of the board of directors.

Dr. Michelich, a long-time college benefactor and alum, will serve a five-year term. After graduating from Cochise in 1968, she continued her education and earned degrees from Northern Arizona University, the University of Arizona and Washington State University. She received the Outstanding Community College Alumni Award for 1964-1978 presented by the college and the State Board for Community Colleges of Arizona. She served as the Cochise College executive vice president/provost and retired in 2009.

“I have a very special interest in the Graduating Senior Scholarship Guarantee program and will enjoy spending time working to ensure its success now and in the future as a new board member,” Michelich said.

Dr. Michelich has previously been involved with other community organizations, to include service on the Sierra Vista hospital board of directors and as a founding member of the Legacy Foundation of Southeast Arizona.

“Clear back to when she was inspired by a faculty member to aspire to more than earning an A, Joanna has been passionate about Cochise College,” said Denise Hoyos, executive director. “That, coupled with extensive experience in higher education, service on a variety of boards, and connections throughout the county, makes her a valuable team player and addition to the foundation board of directors.”