College of Southern Idaho VP tapped to lead GCC


Staff Writer
Published: 6/21/2022 9:17:24 PM

GREENFIELD — Building on her more than 20 years of experience working in higher education, Michelle Schutt has been tapped to lead Greenfield Community College as its next president.

Schutt will begin in the role on July 18, taking over for Richard Hopper, who has served as interim president since August.

“From the moment I began researching Greenfield Community College, I was immediately drawn to the campus’ core values,” Schutt said in a statement. “I am honored by the opportunity to serve Greenfield Community College as its next president and I look forward to ensuring that we meet the evolving needs of the students, employees, alumni and community members we serve.”

According to a GCC press release, Schutt has more than 20 years of experience in higher education, currently serving as vice president of community and learning services at the College of Southern Idaho. There, she made strides in increasing enrollment and retention, overseeing an enrollment increase of 3% in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Before her role in community and learning services, Schutt also served as vice president for student services and taught college-level courses each semester. Schutt also has experience working with state legislators on a variety of issues.

Schutt holds a bachelor’s degree in English education from Upper Iowa State University, master’s degrees in teaching and social responsibility from Emporia State University in Kansas and St. Cloud State University in Minnesota, and a doctorate in education and human resources from Colorado State University.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Dr. Michelle Schutt to Greenfield Community College,” commented Hector Toledo, chair of GCC’s board of trustees. “Dr. Schutt is a strong and passionate leader who embraces the mission and vision of our institution and we are confident that she will be a tremendous addition to the community. In spite of the challenges higher education has faced, Dr. Schutt’s recent successes in enrollment, retention, and diversity, equity and inclusion efforts show the outstanding potential she is bringing to GCC.”

The search for a new president formally launched in October with notice to the state Commissioner of Higher Education Carlos Santiago, according to Dan Desrochers, GCC’s director of communications and marketing. The need for a new president followed the departure of Yves Salomon-Fernández, who served in the position for three years.

Clare Higgins, chair of the 13-member Presidential Search Committee, said Schutt was one of four finalists chosen from a pool of roughly 30 applicants who were thoroughly screened by an academic search firm.

Between April and May, 11 semifinalists were interviewed by the committee. Four finalists were brought forward for a final round of interviews in May, and later that month, the board of trustees voted to forward Schutt to the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education, which approved the selection on Tuesday.

“I’m very happy with her,” Higgins said. “I think she’ll do a very good job. ... Dr. Schutt has broad experience that I think will be very helpful.”

In an earlier version of this article, the incorrect start date for Michelle Schutt was reported. Schutt is expected to start on July 18.

Reporter Mary Byrne can be reac hed at or 413-930-4429. Twitter: @MaryEByrne.


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