The longest-serving President in Utica College history will be stepping down next year.

Todd Hutton has announced his retirement, effective August 1st of 2016. Hutton, who is the eight president in the college's history, was selected as UC's President in 1988.

In a letter to the Utica College community, Dr. Hutton wrote: “Certainly it is not time to say goodbye, but I do want to express my deepest gratitude to our Board, the Faculty, and the UC community for the honor and opportunity to serve Utica College for the past sixteen and a half years. I can think of no place I would rather have been, or job I would rather have held, than the UC presidency. Any presidency is a calling and lifestyle, but it is a true privilege and solemn responsibility guiding this relatively young institution. Together we have made amazing progress moving UC 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.”

During Hutton's tenure, 40 new academic programs have been introduced at the college, enrollment has increased by more than 250% and nine new buildings have been dedicated.

The college board of trustees will begin a national search for Hutton's successor later this spring.

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