Gayle E. Hutchinson was appointed president of Chico State in March 2016.
As president, she has worked closely with faculty, staff, students and community members in developing a university strategic plan and a divisional strategic plan, and achieving WASC reaccreditation. She has led the restructuring of enrollment management services and academic advising, and she collaborated with the CFO and Academic Senate to make the university budget development process more transparent.
Before being selected as Chico State's next president, Hutchinson served as provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at CSU Channel Islands.
Hutchinson began her career in higher education at CSU Chico, joining the faculty as an assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology in 1990. She taught in the classroom for 17 years, earning tenure, promotion and the rank of full professor. She chaired the department from 2002 to 2007. As a faculty member, she was highly engaged in the Academic Senate and CSU Statewide Senate.
After participating in the prestigious American Council on Education (ACE) Fellows program (2005-2006), Hutchinson applied for and earned the position of Dean of the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences (2007-2013). Hutchinson's scholarship and grant writing focused on teacher socialization, social psychology of sport, comprehensive school-based wellness programs, and equity in sport and physical education.
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