CSU Trustees Appoint Gayle Hutchinson as President of California State University, Chico

Gayle Hutchinson

The California State University Board of Trustees has appointed Gayle E. Hutchinson as president of California State University, Chico. Hutchinson is currently the provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at CSU, Channel Islands, and a former dean and faculty member of Chico State. Hutchinson succeeds President Paul Zingg, who is retiring in June. She is expected to begin her new position on July 1. Hutchinson will be the first woman president in the 129-year history of the University.

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CSU Trustees Appoint Gayle E. Hutchinson as President of California State University, Chico

(March 9, 2016) – The California State University Board of Trustees has appointed Gayle E. Hutchinson, Ed.D., as president of California State University, Chico. Hutchinson is currently the provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at California State University Channel Islands. Hutchinson succeeds President Paul Zingg, who is retiring in June and has served as president since 2004.

“I am honored and humbled that the CSU Trustees have appointed me as the next president of Chico State. I am thrilled to return to a university I adore and serve its vibrant campus community,” said Hutchinson. “I join the CSU community in recognizing President Paul Zingg for his many years of service and contributions within the CSU and at Chico State. I truly look forward to working with faculty, staff, students and the broader Chico community as we partner together and set direction for the future of the university.”

CSU Trustee Douglas Faigin, Ph.D., chair of the Trustees’ Committee for the Selection of the President, praised Hutchinson’s achievements. “Dr. Hutchinson has built her academic career at Chico State and has tremendous support on campus. She has a solid track record as a faculty and administrative leader and decades of successful experience in working with the broader campus community. Her passion for student success, shared governance, academic excellence and her knowledge and experience in the CSU and at Chico State make her the ideal choice for president. All of us on the Search Committee and Board of Trustees have no doubt she will lead the campus to new levels of success.”

In her current role as provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at CSU Channel Islands, Hutchinson provides the academic leadership for the campus, directing and coordinating all academic programs and activities, and co-chairs the university’s Strategic Resource Planning Committee, which aligns fiscal resources with the strategic plan. Prior to that time, she chaired the development of the university’s strategic plan.

Hutchinson spent nearly 20 years in various instructional and leadership roles at Chico State. She served as dean of the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, chairperson of the Department of Kinesiology, Academic Senate Chair, Statewide Senator and was a member of the President’s Diversity Council. Before that time, she was a member of the Chico State faculty, teaching kinesiology with a specialty in teacher preparation.

Prior to her service in the CSU, she served as the principal investigator and co-director of the Northern California Physical Education – Health Subject Matter Project, the project director for the Pacific Wellness Center and developed curriculum and taught physical education in elementary schools.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in physical education teacher education from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, a master’s from Teachers College, Columbia University in teaching analysis & curriculum development, and a doctorate of education from University of Massachusetts, Amherst in teacher education/staff development.

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Gayle E. Hutchinson's Biography

Before being selected as Chico State’s next President, Dr. Gayle E. Hutchinson served as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at California State University Channel Islands (CI), the newest of 23 campuses in the CSU system serving more than 6,000 students. Hutchinson joined CI in July 2013, and she has been instrumental in helping to develop the university as one of the fastest growing and most innovative campuses in the CSU system.

Over the past three years, she has worked closely with faculty, staff, students and community members 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. She also has overseen the development of a degree program in mechatronics housed in computer science, an educational doctorate in partnership with CSU, Fresno, and the establishment of the Santa Rosa Island Research Station in partnership with the National Parks and other constituencies.

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 2002-2007. 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.

The scaffold that supports her leadership style is collaboration, shared governance, diversity, innovation, institutional accountability, transparency, trust, and respect. Hutchinson is thrilled to return to Chico State and work with campus and the community in setting the direction for the future of the University.