For Immediate Release

January 2, 2018

The Lower Columbia College Foundation has named James and Marianne Mitchell as the 2017-18 Benefactors of the Year.

Benefactor honorees have a history of providing charitable financial support to the foundation, and/or significant volunteer service to the college. Most notably, contributions from honorees have had major impacts on the college, its programs, students, and the community.

Jim and Marianne (Peters) Mitchell both graduated from LCC in 1951. Jim was one of nine founding members of the school’s spirit organization, known as the Stella Birdhikers Club.

“It is an honor to recognize Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell's support of excellence in education at LCC,”  — Kendra Sprague, LCC Vice President of Foundation, HR & Legal Affairs.

The Mitchell's have provided more than $200,000 in support to the college over the last 20 years, including the establishment of two scholarships. The Jim and Marianne Mitchell Scholarship, established in 2005, provides full tuition scholarships to two business students annually. The Eric James Mitchell Memorial Endowed Scholarship, established in 2017 in honor of the Mitchell's grandson, supports computer science majors. Jim and Marianne also played an integral role in the Foundation's Building Healthy Futures Campaign by actively participating in the feasibility study and leadership awareness sessions.

“Their participation helped develop fundraising initiatives resulting in the Health and Science Building and matching EDA grant that supplied equipment for the new building,” — Rich Gushman, LCC Foundation Chair.

The Mitchell's reflect on their experiences and share,

“We graduated from RA Long High School in 1949 and enrolled at LCJC that fall. Classes were held at various buildings around Longview. Buses were provided to move students from one location to another. Classes were small and the faculty excellent. LCJC provided an opportunity for local students to pursue a college education while living at home and working to save money for further study. For us it has been rewarding to be a part of the growth and expansion of Lower Columbia College.”

“Jim and Marianne's contributions over the years have helped support the growth of the campus, new programs and students. Their legacy will impact the LCC campus and students for years to come,” — Chris Bailey, LCC President.

The Mitchells will be honored at the 2018 LCC Foundation Horns & Halos Gala in September.


For additional information please contact:

Kendra Sprague, Vice President of Foundation, HR & Legal Affairs

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James & Marianne Mitchell

James & Marianne Mitchell

2017-2018 LCC Foundation Benefactors of the Year.

News and Media Contact:

 Wendy Hall, Vice President, Effectiveness & College Relations, Lower Columbia College


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