Former College President Passes at 85

Former College President Passes at 85

Independence Community College is saddened by the loss of former President Dr. Donald Schoening, who passed away at home, surrounded by family. He was 85 years old.

Dr. Schoening was a lifelong supporter of education. He began teaching and coaching at Fruita Jr. Sr. High School in Colorado. He then taught psychology and coached wrestling and football at Gallup High School in New Mexico. He served at Wenatchee Valley College in various roles for 25 years before moving to Kansas in 1993 to serve as ICC’s seventh President. In 1996, he went on to Arizona Western College, where he retired in 2019.

Dr. Schoening was an avid supporter of Athletics. He was inducted into the Wenatchee Valley College Athletic Hall of Fame, the Washing State Athletic Hall of Fame, and the Arizona Western College Hall of Fame.

“I am saddened to hear Dr. Schoening’s passing,” shared current President Dr. Vincent Bowhay. “He was an essential part of our institution’s history, and he spent a lifetime being an influential advocate for education.”

Schoening is survived by his wife of 60 years, two sons, and six grandchildren.

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