Joan Frields Hoffman has been involved with Henderson Community College since it opened in 1960 as the University of Kentucky’s Northwest Center. She was the recipient of the college’s first General Excellence Award. Following her graduation in 1962 as a member of the charter class, she received her B.A. in English from the University of Kentucky, an M.A. in Secondary Education in 1976 and a Rank I in Secondary Administration in 1982.
Joan started her teaching career at Spottsville School in 1964 and served as a teacher, Dean of Girls, and Vice-Principal at Henderson County High School from 1970-1995. Following her retirement she was the YMCA’s Interim Executive Director in 1996, the Mayor of Henderson from 1999-2002, Purpose Team Director at First United Methodist Church from 2004-2008, and Interim President of the Henderson Chamber of Commerce in 2008.
Joan was recently inducted into the inaugural class of the Henderson County Alumni Hall of Fame. The Alumni Hall of Fame honors graduates from any of the high schools that have existed in Henderson County.
Joan's continued support of Henderson Community College can be seen in her active participation in fund raising and college related activities. Currently she serves on the College's Foundation Board of Directors and has been a leader in the Rotary Colonels 2 College Scholarship program.
Mrs. Hoffman says that she loved every aspect of life at the college. The easy-going atmosphere and rapport with the teachers made for an enjoyable experience.