Former Cuesta College President Grace Mitchell dead at 78

March 20, 2012

Dr. Grace Mitchell, the first woman to serve as president of Cuesta College, died Monday at her home in Marin County following a lengthy illness. She was 78.

Mitchell joined Cuesta in 1989 as the college’s third president. She retired in 1999 and continued to work as a consultant in higher education until her death.

As president of Cuesta, Mitchell oversaw the establishment of the school’s North County campus in Paso Robles.

“I will miss her greatly, but her legacy will live on as part of the storied history of Cuesta College,” said Gil Stork, the current president of Cuesta College Tuesday morning.

A memorial service for Mitchell is being planned for mid-April in San Luis Obispo.

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What a wonderful lady and her husband, Ernie, was a great guy too. They will both be sorely missed in our community. I will always have fond memories of both of them and the the good work that they both did.

Grace Mitchell was the “Iron Lady” of Cuesta College, a class act who mentored dozens of women over the years. Cuesta was never the same after she stepped down. We’ll be discussing her legacy today at 3:05 on News/Talk 920 AM KVEC.