Ukiah, CA – “The Mendocino College Foundation is pleased to announce that it has named Julie McGovern as its new Executive Director effective January 2022,” said Foundation Board President, Tom Dow. McGovern brings a wealth of leadership experience and a passion for positive change within local communities. She succeeds Katie Fairbairn who retired in January 2021.

“We thrilled to introduce a leader of Julie’s caliber into our community to guide the Mendocino College Foundation,” said Mendocino College Superintendent/President, Dr. Tim Karas. “Julie possesses the qualifications and expertise to grow the Mendocino College Foundation into an even greater, more successful, organization to impact the lives of our students and increase access to higher education.”

“I am thrilled to be joining the Mendocino College Foundation and look forward to continuing its important work supporting students as they achieve their educational and workforce goals.” Say McGovern. “The College plays a crucial role in our community and is truly a catalyst for changing lives. I am excited and humbled for the opportunity to be part of that, along with the Mendocino College Foundation Board of Directors, Superintendent Dr. Karas, and the entire Mendocino College faculty and staff.”

For more information about the Mendocino College Foundation or to donate towards any Mendocino College Foundation program, please visit or by calling 707-467-1018.

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