About the President

Gayle Hutchinson

Dr. Gayle E. Hutchinson is president of California State University, Chico. CSU, Chico, one of 23 campuses in The California State University System, is a comprehensive, four-year university whose motto “Today Decides Tomorrow” guides 17,000 students through their undergraduate and graduate education.

Before being selected as Chico State’s President, Hutchinson served as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at California State University Channel Islands (CI), the newest campus 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.