Office of the President

Dr. Gayle E. Hutchinson

Dr. Gayle E. Hutchinson is president of California State University, Chico. CSU, Chico, the second oldest 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. Dr. Hutchinson took over the stewardship of CSU, Chico July 1, 2016.

Dr. 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.

Gayle E. Hutchinson