Hutchinson leaving Lincoln College
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John Hutchinson, president of
Lincoln College, will be leaving the college this summer, following
an extensive career in college administration, to pursue a career
path that will assist other educators and senior administrators to
advance their careers. His resignation, formally accepted by John
Blackburn, chairman of the college board of trustees, at a meeting Saturday, was met with well-wishes and much support
for his decision.
Hutchinson will be capitalizing on his nearly 23 years of service in
higher education administration to become a principal of the
executive search firm Greenwood/Asher & Associates, based in Destin,
Fla., and specialize in higher education career placement.
with a mixture of sadness at leaving the community and pride in the
Lincoln College system that my wife, Jean Ann, and I have made this
challenging decision," Hutchinson said. "We have been privileged to
work side by side with wonderful faculty and administrators who have
directed Lincoln College to achieve many accomplishments in the past
John Blackburn, chairman of the college board of trustees, added:
"Lincoln College has been very fortunate to have someone with John
Hutchinson's experience and innovative leadership skills to maneuver
through some of the toughest economic times for public and private
colleges. We will greatly miss John and his wife, Jean Ann, but
certainly wish them the very best as they pursue this exciting
Notable achievements of Hutchinson during his tenure at Lincoln
Restoration of a
balanced budget after several years of deficits, including
retirement of substantial institutional debt.
Lincoln College at Normal's mission to focus on adult degree
completion programs and professional education, culminating in
the development of the Accelerated Bridge to Education program
and the creation of a Center for Adult Learning
five new bachelor's degrees at Lincoln College at Normal.
Revival of a
neglected Lincoln Center design and building project, which is
nearly completed and will serve the community and the college
well into the future.
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the ACCESS program for students with attention deficit
hyperactivity disorder to serve a population of students often
overlooked, allowing them to move forward with special programs
designed to ensure their success in college, career and life.
revitalization of the institutional advancement office and
substantial increase in fundraising.
Leadership in the development of a plan
to raise admission standards to improve the future of all of
Lincoln College and the students who attend any of the four
college components of the system institution: undergraduate
campuses in both Lincoln and Normal, adult accelerated degree
programs at Normal, and the Midwest College of Cosmetology at
In addition to serving as president of Lincoln College since
2005, Hutchinson also served the community as a member of the
Executive Committee of the Federation of Illinois Independent
Colleges and Universities, the Lincoln/Logan County Chamber of
Commerce board of directors, and the Illinois Prairie Community
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