April 25, 2013Vol. 43, Issue 2

Gayle Hutchinson: Onward and Upward

Chico State Bids Adieu to Longtime Faculty Member and BSS Dean

Gayle Hutchinson

Gayle Hutchinson

CSU, Chico students, faculty, and staff will bid a warm farewell to longtime faculty member Gayle Hutchinson, dean of the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, when she begins a new post as provost and vice president for academic affairs at CSU, Channel Islands this summer.

Hutchinson, who joined the Chico State community in 1990 as a kinesiology professor, has held a number of leadership positions over the years, including chair of the Department of Kinesiology and chair of the CSU, Chico Academic Senate. Across the campus, she has worked collaboratively in leading university-wide initiatives such as Academy e-Learning and the Diversity Action Plan. 

While she’s thrilled at the opportunity to serve the students, faculty, and staff at CSU, Channel Islands, Hutchinson says the transition away from the city and university she has called home for 23 years is bittersweet.

“I love Chico, and I love Chico State,” she said. “In many ways, I grew up here professionally. I’m definitely going to miss the relationships I’ve made over the years.”

CSU, Chico President Paul Zingg, who has served as a mentor to Hutchinson, praised her leadership and dedication to the University over the years.

“Gayle has been an extraordinarily effective dean and will be a great provost at Channel Islands because she champions what is most central to our mission: focusing on students and their learning first and foremost; supporting her faculty and staff in their work and roles; and being a trusted and caring colleague and campus citizen,” Zingg said. “Her enthusiasm and positive outlook are contagious. Her capacity to lead is powerful. Her commitment to listen to students, to an inclusive decision-making style, and to a deep respect for the accomplishments and dedication of all members of her college is genuine.

“We have benefited greatly over the years from all that Gayle has brought to our University, in many roles,” he continued. “Our loss is truly CI's gain. I think they know that. But we are a better place because of Gayle, and so will CI become.”

Hutchinson’s last day on campus will be July 14. Contact her before then at ghutchinson@csuchico.edu.

—Sarah Langford, Public Affairs and Publications