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Recognizing Community Leaders

We honor and recognize leaders in our community through our awards.

Hugh W. Speer Award for Distinguished Service

Dr. Hugh W. Speer was a member of the College's founding Board of Trustees and served as a Trustee to the College for 29 years. During that time, he seldom missed a Foundation event. He was a relentless, tireless advocate for education and the College. In 1993 the Foundation founded the Hugh W. Speer Award for Distinguished Service as one of our highest honors. It is given to a JCCC Foundation board member, college Trustee, college employee or a community leader who has had a profound impact on education and served the College to help fulfill its mission to the students and the community.

Past recipients:

  • 2017 – Bob Regnier
  • 2016 – Jill Gerlach
  • 2015 - Jon Stewart
  • 2013 - Drs. David and Mary Zamierowski
  • 2012 - Sandy Price
  • 2011 - Mark Gilman
  • 2010 - Dr. Mary Davidson Cohen
  • 2009 - Shirley Brown-VanArsdale
  • 2008 - Geri Christian
  • 2006 - Maxine Allen
  • 2004 - Dick and Barbara Shull
  • 2003 - Ben Craig
  • 2000 - Senator Dick Bond
  • 1999 - Virginia Krebs
  • 1998 - Walt Hiersteiner
  • 1997 - Fred Logan
  • 1996 - Lynn Mitchelson
  • 1995 - Sonny Maynard
  • 1994 - Dr. Wilbur T. Billington
  • 1993 - Hugh W. Speer

The Open Petal Award

The logo for Johnson County Community College includes an open petal as a reminder that we will always work to be open to new ideas, new challenges and new visions. The JCCC Foundation encourages this open attitude and, through The Open Petal Award, honors those who have made a significant contribution in the area of fundraising for the Foundation.

Past Recipients:

  • 2017 – Pat and Beth McCown
  • 2015 - Dr. Jerry Cook
  • 2014 - Mary Birch
  • 2012 - Stewart and Esther Stein
  • 2011 - Dick Bond
  • 2010 - Brad Bergman
  • 2009 - David Wysong
  • 2007 - Lewis Nerman
  • 2006 - Mack Bowen, Steve Wilkinson
  • 2004 - Jill Gerlach, Jerry Nerman
  • 2003 - Jack Ross
  • 2002 - Alicia Mitchelson
  • 2001 - Brian Gardner, Joe Johnson
  • 2000 - Harvey and Beverly Bodker, Mark Gilman, and Marilyn McConnell
  • 1999 - Bob Lytle, Carl Seaton, Norm Polsky
  • 1998 - Judy Stanton, Rich Guthrie, Margery Lichtor, Elaine Perilla
  • 1997 - Nelson Mann, Betty Keim
  • 1996 - Dick and Barbara Shull, Don Forsythe
  • 1995 - Lynn Mitchelson, Ruth Cousins
  • 1994 - Larry Winn, Marti and Tony Oppenheimer, Sue Bond
  • 1993 - Senator Bud Burke, Virginia Krebs, Jon Stewart

The Colleague Award

The Colleague Award honors Johnson County Community College faculty and staff who, through outstanding service and generous contribution, seek to improve the lives of college students and college programs.

Past Recipients:

  • 2017 – Tanya Wilson
  • 2016 – Felix Sturmer
  • 2015 - Emily Behrmann
  • 2014 - Dennis Day
  • 2013 - David Smith
  • 2012 - Susan Rider
  • 2011 - Lindy Robinson
  • 2010 - Joe Sopcich
  • 2009 - Mike Waugh
  • 2008 - Heather Flick
  • 2007 - Bruce Hartman
  • 2006 - Jeanne Walsh
  • 2004 - Bret Gustafson
  • 2003 - Sue Bryson, Jody Cross, Lori Vogelsberg
  • 2002 - John Skubal
  • 2001 - Jack Harris
  • 2001 - Jan Cummings, Jack Harris