A publication for the faculty, staff, administrators, and friends of California State University, Chico
May 12, 2005 Volume 35 / Number 8


Gayle Hutchinson Chosen as ACE Leadership Fellow

Gayle Hutchinson, Depart-ment of Kinesiology, has been selected as one of 40 senior faculty and administrators for the 2005–06 American Council on Education Fellows Program. She is the first CSU, Chico faculty member selected for the program.

Established in 1965, the ACE Fellows Program is one of the longest-running leadership-development programs in the United States and focuses on identifying and preparing senior leadership for the nation’s colleges and universities.

Hutchinson has taught in the Department of Kinesiology since the fall of 1990 as a professor of teacher education in physical education. She is a graduate advisor and oversees the Physical Education Teacher Education credential option. Her research areas include teacher socialization, social equity, and teacher professional development.

She received an EdD in staff development and physical education from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1990; her MA in teaching analysis and curriculum from Teachers College, Columbia University, New York in 1983; and her BS in physical education from the University of Massachusetts in 1979.

Hutchinson has been the principle investigator and director of the Northern California Physical Education–Health Subject Matter Project since 1997. Also since 1997, she has been the associate chairperson of the Department of Kinesiology.

Hutchinson will spend an extended period of time on another campus. She is in a mutual selection process with presidents of campuses she has chosen. Both the fellow and the senior administrator must agree with the placement. Hutchinson will observe directly strategic planning, resource allocation, development, policy, and responses to challenges. She may be put in charge of special projects at the university.

Hutchinson will participate in three weeklong national seminars during the year, visit other campuses, and attend national meetings. She will make contact with a national network of higher education leaders.

ACE’s Fellow Program condenses years of on-the-job experience and skills development into a single year. It is seen as one of the most effective, comprehensive leadership development programs in American higher education today. Of approximately 1,499 fellows to date, nearly 300 have served as chief executive officers.

Kathleen McPartland