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Dr. Todd S. Hutton, President of Utica CollegeDr. Todd S. Hutton

President, Utica College

The Board of Trustees of Utica College appointed Dr. Todd Hutton as the eighth president and 13th chief executive officer on August 1, 1998. He is the first president and CEO selected by the independent Board of Trustees.

Dr. Hutton has brought to Utica College a wealth of experience in higher education administration, particularly in the small college environment. Under his leadership, Utica College has witnessed dramatic growth and transformation. Since Dr. Hutton's arrival, freshman enrollment has increased by 109 percent, while the overall student body (undergraduate, graduate, and online students) has grown by 126 percent, surpassing a 4,450 student headcount. UC now offers 22 graduate programs, including two professional doctoral programs, online programs that serve more than 1,700 students, and an accelerated bachelor's of science in nursing program that has locations in Syracuse, NY and St. Petersburg, FL. In addition, the College's varsity athletic programs have grown in number from 12 to the current total of 25.

Since Dr. Hutton's arrival, the College has constructed a number of new facilities:

  • F. Eugene Romano Hall, a 26,000 square foot building dedicated to teaching and learning in the health sciences
  • The Economic Crime, Justice Studies, and Cybersecurity Building, which houses the College's internationally renowned economic crime, criminal justice, and cybersecurity programs, as well as the Center for Identity Management and Information Protection, a research center that partners colleges, businesses, and government agencies, such as the U.S. Secret Service, the FBI, and the U.S. Marshals Service, in the fight against identity theft
  • The Faculty Center, which houses four smart classrooms, faculty offices, and the state-of-the-art Raymond Simon Convergence Media Studio, which, at the time of its construction, was one of the first digital television studies on the east coast
  • Three modern residence halls that house nearly 300 students
  • The multi-sport Charles Gaetano Stadium
  • The Harold T. Clark, Sr. Team Facility
  • The Pioneer Hockey facility at the Utica Memorial Auditorium, which houses the men’s and women’s hockey teams
Most recently, the College completed the Cynkus Family Welcome Center and the Todd and Jen Hutton Sports and Recreation Center. In addition, the College is undergoing a multi-year, multi-phased renovation of its science center and is completing renovations to other spaces on campus.

During his tenure as president, Dr. Hutton instituted major reform in the campus governance, reorganized the Board of Trustees committee structure, and focused attention on the integration of liberal arts education and professional studies. He oversaw the development of a long-range strategic plan, a campus master plan, and an integrated marketing plan. In addition, the College has completed a seven-year, $25 million comprehensive campaign that surpassed its goal by more than $9 million.

While guiding the College into a new era in its history and striving to move it to the forefront of small private colleges and universities, Dr. Hutton has continued to honor the College's core values by nurturing and encouraging the warm, intimate atmosphere and personal attention upon which Utica College has prided itself for more than 60 years. At the same time, Utica College has garnered international acclaim for its entrepreneurial spirit, its innovative academic programs, and its highly accomplished faculty.

Throughout his career, Dr. Hutton has been actively involved in professional associations and community organizations. He serves on the board of directors of the School and Business Alliance and the Economic Development Growth Enterprises Corporation (the region's economic development agency), and represented Oneida County on the Central Upstate Regional Alliance, a 12-county, public-private economic development consortium that seeks to transform the regional economy. Dr. Hutton also serves on the Mohawk Valley Health System's Board of Directors, is past president of the Board of Directors for the United Way of the Valley and Greater Utica Area, and has served on the board of directors of the Mohawk Valley Chamber of Commerce, the Central New York Community Arts Council, and the Utica Symphony. In 2009, Dr. Hutton was elected to the Genesis Group’s Education Hall of Distinction, and in 2015 he received the Genesis Group's Joseph R. Carucci Legacy Award.

He has also been very active in state and federal issues affecting private higher education. He served a three-year term on the board of directors of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU), which represents more than 950 institutions and associations on federal policy issues, and has been elected as chair of the Board of Trustees of New York's Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (cIcu). He has also served on the New York State Commissioner of Education's Advisory Council on Higher Education. From 2008 to 2011, he served on the board of directors of the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC), which represents nearly 600 private colleges nationwide, and also served as vice chair of CIC's Program Committee. He is currently a member of the Council's steering committee for the Future of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges project. He has also served as a faculty member for CIC's New Presidents Program, as well as the Executive Leadership Academy and the Senior Leadership Academy of the American Academic Leadership Institute.

Dr. Hutton's research interests have included the education and socialization of youth in political movements, child-rearing practices in cooperative and communal societies, and radical youth movements. He has written on technology in higher education, the changing roles of academic libraries, student outcomes assessment, strategic planning, the integration of liberal and professional education, the relationship between liberal education and business, and entrepreneurship in academe. He has also made presentations at national meetings on emerging business models for independent colleges and changes in the delivery of academic content.

His interests also include local, regional, and national issues related to the integration of athletics into the educational life of campuses. He served a term as president of the Empire 8 athletic conference, where he was also the inaugural chair of the conference's Presidents' Council. In 2005, the prestigious Institute for International Sport named Dr. Hutton a Sports Ethics Fellow for his commitment to sportsmanship, citing his efforts to maintain balance between athletics and academics for student athletes.

Prior to joining Utica College, Dr. Hutton was the vice president for academic administration at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon, where he served for eight years. Before that he was assistant to the president at Austin College in Sherman, TX for four years, where he also served on the graduate faculty of the Austin Teacher Program.

Dr. Hutton received an A.B. degree in English from Davidson College in 1970, a master's of education in school psychology/psychological foundations from the University of Florida in 1972, and a Ph.D. in Education (Sociology of Education and Comparative Education) from Duke University in 1982. In October 2007, he received an honorary doctorate from Dong-eui University in Pusan, Korea. On October 17, 2008, the Utica College community honored Dr. Hutton for his 10 years of service by making him an honorary alumnus of the College.

Dr. Hutton resides in New Hartford and is married to Jennifer Hutton. They have one daughter, Adrienne, who is an anesthesiologist practicing in North Carolina. They are also the proud grandparents of a granddaughter and a grandson. Dr. Hutton enjoys skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, fitness training, reading, and occasional mountain climbing.

Dr. Hutton announced his retirement in the spring of 2015, and the Utica College community will be bidding him a fond farewell throughout the spring of 2016.


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