Profile: Denise Yochum

Denise Yochum, who was formerly vice president for instruction at Grays Harbor College in Aberdeen, cited recent awards the Pierce College District has received for having the best library and best military education programs in the country. 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. In addition to the 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. Yochum also served as chief academic officer for Grays Harbor College.

She 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. 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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