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Utica College President Todd Hutton to retire in 2016

UTICA, N.Y. — Utica College President Todd Hutton has announced his plans to retire in 2016.

Hutton declared his intention in a letter to the Utica College community delivered on Sunday night.

He plans to retire effective Aug. 1, 2016, the 18th anniversary of his appointment as president, the college said in a news release.

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Hutton is Utica College’s eighth president and longest-serving CEO.

In the letter, Hutton thanked the school’s board of directors, its faculty, and the community for the “honor and opportunity” to serve the college for the past 16-and-a-half years.

“Together we have made amazing progress moving [Utica College] forward with a much strengthened foundation and reputation in the community of higher education, and as a result I have absolutely no doubt that the college will attract someone who will guide this institution to even higher aspirations and expectations and greater achievements,” Hutton said in the letter.

Hutton is “highly respected” by the higher-education community who have come to know him as one of the “most innovative and entrepreneurial” small-university presidents in the country, Mark Pilipczuk, chairperson-elect of the Utica College board of trustees, contended in the news release.

“More important, he has proven himself to be the ideal president for Utica College. He has been a strong and transformative leader on a wide range of critical issues, a great champion of the college and the Mohawk Valley, and a wonderful advocate for students,” said Pilipczuk.

The board of trustees will begin a national search for Hutton’s successor later this spring, according to Pilipczuk.

The board has selected trustee Mark Salsbury to chair the search committee.

Under Hutton’s leadership, Utica College has increased freshman enrollment by 77 percent and total enrollment by more than 250 percent, the school said in the release.

The college also introduced more than 40 new academic programs and invested “significantly” in its physical plant.

Utica College dedicated nine new buildings, including F. Eugene Romano Hall and the Economic Crime, Justice Studies, and Cybersecurity building.

The school also expanded athletics from 11 to 25 programs and completed its transition to full independence from Syracuse University (SU) in the fall of 2008.

SU launched Utica College in 1946.

Contact Reinhardt at ereinhardt@cnybj.com

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