Profile: Denise Yochum

Denise Yochum, who was formerly vice president for instruction at Grays Harbor College in Aberdeen, now serves as president of Pierce College-Fort Steilacoom in Lakewood, Washington. Dr. Michele Johnson, District Chancellor, cited Yochum’s unusual breadth of experience and outstanding communication skills among the reasons she was picked from a strong field of finalists for this role. In addition to the Fort Steilacoom presidency, Yochum serves as the chief academic officer for the district, which also includes Pierce College-Puyallup and Pierce College Extended Learning.

Denise has experience as a university and community college faculty member,  dean of an academic division, and an administrator in workforce training. In addition, she possesses considerable background in distance learning and experience in designing classrooms and learning labs for colleges. A doctoral candidate in Gonzaga University’s educational leadership program, Yochum’s dissertation includes a study and analysis of student retention and success rates in distance learning classes, distance learning/grounded hybrid courses and traditional classroom courses.

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