Hutchinson, 57, comes to Lincoln
College from Thomasville, Ga., where he most recently served as
president of Thomas University. Hutchinson succeeds Ronald L.
Schilling, Lincoln College's president since 2002, who plans to
retire June 30.
Hutchinson brings to Lincoln a wealth of experience in higher
education leadership and extensive practice in building strategic
partnerships with business and industry," said Wilbur Paulus,
chairman for the Lincoln College board of trustees, who announced
Hutchinson has served as chief
executive officer of Thomas University since 2002. He launched a
comprehensive long-range planning process for the college and
revitalized the institutional advancement and development office.
While at TU he has seen student enrollment increase by 28 percent
and initiated a new academic program in education and nursing. He
also accomplished a new campus planning effort that allows Thomas
University to move to a new campus site.
Hutchinson's appointment came after
a nationwide search conducted by Academic Search Consultation
Service, several members of the board of trustees and members of the
The vacancy announcement was
released in June 2004 after Ronald L. Schilling announced his plans
to retire in June 2005. Response to the announcement drew more than
50 applicants, from which the Presidential Search Committee selected
a panel of seven preliminary finalists. In January 2005 the search
committee selected three candidates to visit campus and tour the
facilities as well as interact with various administration, faculty
and student members.
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"The process implemented in choosing
Dr. Hutchinson was deliberate, extensive and had the benefit of
input from all segments of the college community," Paulus said.
"There were many outstanding candidates, but the committee members
were unanimous in their choice of Dr. Hutchinson."
Hutchinson holds a doctorate from
Purdue University in philosophy, speech pathology and speech
science. He received his master of science in speech pathology from
Purdue University and a bachelor of arts from the University of
Before joining Thomas University, he
worked for Northern State University in Aberdeen, S.D., where he
served as chief executive officer. Prior to that position he was a
commissioner of higher education at Montana University System in
Hutchinson will relocate to Lincoln
with his wife, Jean Ann. They have four adult sons and one adult
College news release]