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Lynn Mitchelson is JCCC Foundation’s Johnson Countian of the Year


Lynn Mitchelson is JCCC Foundation’s Johnson Countian of the Year

Lynn MitchelsonOVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Lynn Mitchelson, Mission Woods, has been named by the Johnson County Community College Foundation as the Johnson Countian of the Year for 2013. He will be honored at the Foundation’s 27th annual Some Enchanted Evening gala on Nov. 9, 2013, at the Overland Park Marriott Hotel.

Some Enchanted Evening is a black-tie event that includes a gourmet dinner, entertainment and dancing. Proceeds from the event support student scholarships at JCCC. Over the past 27 years, the Foundation has raised more than $5.4 million for the college’s scholarship program through Some Enchanted Evening.

“From my initial introduction to JCCC in the late 1990s, I saw Lynn Mitchelson as a leader of the college and an advocate for students,” said Steve Wilkinson, president and CEO of Menorah Hospital and JCCC Foundation president. “Over the ensuing years, I watched Lynn demonstrate his commitment in many different ways. Lynn Mitchelson’s name has been synonymous with leadership and JCCC. I’m pleased he is being honored this year.”

“The college is pleased to honor Lynn Mitchelson in this way,” said Terry Calaway, JCCC president. “In addition to all his civic work, Lynn has been a tireless supporter of JCCC for many, many years, serving with the Foundation and on the college’s board of trustees. It’s an honor for us to recognize him as the next Johnson Countian of the Year.”

Mitchelson is a banking executive with more than 50 years of business-lending experience in the Kansas City area. More than 25 years were spent in Johnson County following his founding of the Corporate Woods State Bank in 1980 and through subsequent sales of the bank to Bank IV, Boatmen’s, NationsBank, N.A., and Bank of America. In 2001, he became an advisory director for Executive AirShare, helping to establish a regional fractional air startup in Kansas City.

Since June 2004, Mitchelson has been engaged on three occasions as chairman/CEO of banks operating under regulatory enforcement actions that were required to transform their lending practices to meet higher standards. Mitchelson was the catalyst for improvement; he is currently helping restore American Bank in his hometown of Baxter Springs, Kan., to a healthy community bank.

Mitchelson was on JCCC’s board of trustees from 1996 to 2011, serving as treasurer, vice chair and chair, and as a member and executive board member of the Kansas Association of Community College Trustees. He has also been a director, president and member of the executive committee of the JCCC Foundation and co-chaired the Some Enchanted Evening gala with his wife, Alicia, in 1990.

In the community, Mitchelson has served as a director of the Johnson County Education Research Triangle Authority; a community adviser of the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation; a director and chairman of the Learning Exchange; a director, vice president, president and member of the executive committee of the K-10 Association, Inc. (K-10 SmartCorridor); chairman and a member of the Kansas State Affairs Committee of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce; a director and chairman of the Overland Park Chamber of Commerce; a citizen volunteer of County Arterial Road Planning (CARNP); a member of the steering committee for planning the KC 150 Sesquicentennial; a director and president of the Delta Upsilon fraternity, KU Alumni Foundation; president of the Overland Park Rotary Foundation; a member of the board of trustees and moderator of the former Humana Hospital in Overland Park; a director of the Kansas City chapter of the American Red Cross; and a director of both the Kansas City Philharmonic Orchestra and KCPT.

Honors include Kansas Volunteer of the Year for the State of Kansas; the Hugh Speer Award from the JCCC Foundation; the K-10 Corridor Association Service Award; the Delta Upsilon KU Chapter Distinguished Alum; and a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow.

Mitchelson has a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree (ABT) in economics from the University of Kansas. He and his wife have three children.

Through events like Some Enchanted Evening, the JCCC Foundation has helped thousands of students pursue their dreams of a college education. Students with exceptional needs, such as single parents and displaced workers, and talented students in all areas of study benefit from Foundation scholarships.

Co-chairs for the 2013 Some Enchanted Evening are Tim and Stacie McKee, Olathe.

Past Johnson Countians of the Year are Audrey Langworthy, 2012; David Wysong, 2010; Terry and Peggy Dunn, 2009; Fred Logan, 2008; Dick and Barbara Shull, 2007; Norman and Elaine Polsky, 2006; Ed Eilert, 2005; Robert D. Regnier, 2004; Walter Hiersteiner, 2003; Mary Birch, 2002; Drue Jennings, 2001; Betty Keim, 2000; Steve Rose, 1999; Charles J. Carlsen, 1998; George and Floriene Lieberman, 1997; Dick Bond, 1996; William Dunn, 1995; Adele Hall, 1994; SuEllen Fried, 1993; James P. Sunderland, 1992; Stan and Shirley Rose, 1991; John H. Robinson, 1990; Paul H. Henson, 1989; Ben Craig, 1988; and Robert H. Meneilly, 1987. In 2011, all previous Johnson Countians of the Year were honored for the 25th anniversary of Some Enchanted Evening.