CHICO, Calif. – She has been described by students as ‘very nice and upbeat.’ Others say they are impressed with her willingness to join students for on-campus activities.
They are talking about Chico State President Gayle Hutchinson.
Her reputation has been built during a lifelong academic career. A level of trust and respect amongst students and staff has been carved out in three years of leadership at Chico State.
President Hutchinson says the University is an incredible institution, with faculty and staff working hard to make sure students are cared for and feel as if they belong. She says she wants every student to have the opportunity to be successful.
It was July 1, 2016, that President Hutchinson took the helm of the University, in what she describes as a ‘dream job’ and something she has always wanted to do.
Hutchinson says she came to Chico in 1990 and instantly fell in love with the area. She says her motto is to help people strive to reach their potential with the idea that they can reach for the stars and achieve anything they want.
In describing the education students receive at Chico State, the Hutchinson says it is ‘second to none.’
“Everything we do, we win awards for because we’re very good. We’re better than very good; we’re outstanding!” she said. "I came here in 1990, I fell in love with Chico at first sight. I've always had the motto that I help people strive toward their potential with the idea that they can reach for the stars and achieve and nothing makes me happier than to be around students."
Hutchinson says Chico State is a strong economic driver for Butte County and the region, and her vision for the future is to build on that reputation. She says it is important for the University to be a good neighbor and partner to local businesses and the community.
She encourages the broader community to draw on the strengths the University offers not only in education but also as scholars and innovators through enterprise, business, education and service.
Hutchinson says her goal is to have the world recognize Chico State as one of the premier academic locations not only in California but also, in the nation.