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Dr. Joseph M. Sopcich

President, Joe Sopcich greeting students at campus kick-off.

Dr. Joseph M. Sopcich is the fifth president of Johnson County Community College.

He has been with JCCC since 1992, serving over the years as Executive Director of Institutional Advancement, Vice President of Institutional Advancement and Government Affairs, Executive Vice President of Administrative Services and Executive Vice President/Chief Financial Officer. He also taught as an Adjunct Professor in the College’s Business Division.


Sopcich earned bachelor’s degree in American Studies, a master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame and a PhD from the University of Kansas.

Selected awards

  • Faculty Leadership Award in 2008 given by the JCCC Faculty Association in recognition of his leadership and support of JCCC’s faculty
  • Colleague of the Year award from the JCCC Foundation in 2010 in recognition of his dedication to JCCC students
  • Fulbright Award in 2011, traveling to Russia to present seminars on the merits of American community colleges
  • Rainbow Award for Higher Education from the Dialogue Institute of the Southwest

Recent accomplishments

  • Implemented a new approach to building the college’s $150 million operating budget, resulting in a reduction in expenses and reallocation behind strategic priorities
  • With JCCC colleagues, received a U.S. Department of State grant to visit Pakistan. Delivered a keynote address on the community college model and its connection to workforce development. Also toured a university resource center modeled after those at JCCC
  • Worked with stakeholders to develop a comprehensive Facilities Master Plan for a campus transformation, which included remodeling portions of three buildings to advance technical education in welding and to provide greater support for student learning
  • Worked with architects, budget officers and construction representatives to green-light two new buildings currently under construction. One will house career and technical programs, and the other will be home to fine arts and design programs
  • Collaborated with the JCCC Foundation to fundraise for these buildings, in addition to the important task of raising funds for student scholarships
  • Collaborated on efforts celebrating the College’s 50th anniversary in 2019