Biography of the

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Dr. James D. Hutton, President

James D. (Jim) Hutton, Ph.D., became president and CEO of Harrison College in August of 2015. Prior to joining Harrison, Dr. Hutton was a professor and program director for the Keiser MSEd-Career College Administration program and the managing director for the Keiser University Center for Career Education and Leadership (KUCCEL).

He was a co-founder of Education Corporation of America (ECA), which owns and operates private institutions of higher education throughout the United States. From 1995 until his retirement in December 2007, Dr. Hutton was the chief operating officer (1995 through 2004), chief executive officer (2004 through 2006), vice chairman and stockholder of ECA/Virginia College.

Dr. Hutton began his work in post-secondary career education in 1989 as an adjunct business administration teacher and has been a department chair, academic dean, campus director, chief financial officer, chief operating officer, chief executive officer, chancellor and partner for various career colleges.  He was the board chairperson for Anthem Education from 2008 through 2012 and the chancellor/CEO from 2010 until its sale in 2012. Hutton currently serves on the Quest Education board of directors.

Dr. Hutton served as a commissioner for the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) and was 2006 chair of the ACICS board. He remains an active ACICS evaluation team chairperson. Until June 2012, Dr. Hutton served on the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities (APSCU) Board of Directors.

He earned a bachelor’s in business administration with honors from Faulkner University in Montgomery, Ala., and graduated summa cum laude with an MBA and Ph.D. in Administration-Health Services, specialty track—Health Care Marketing, from The University of Alabama at Birmingham. His research interests are in career and adult education, workforce development, and services marketing.

In addition to his service as ACICS commissioner, Dr. Hutton has served as a member of the Advisory Committee for Private Colleges Alabama Department of Education, the Public Relations and CCAPAC Committees for the Career College Association, is an active ACICS Evaluator and a Certified Real Estate Broker (CRB™). He was listed in the Birmingham Business Journal 1989 “Top 40 Under 40”, was formerly a member of UAB’s MBA Alumni Board of Directors and is a Certified Toast Master (CTM™). He has been a public speaking competition winner and won the 1995 Black Belt Tae Kwon Do National Championship.

To learn more about other Harrison leaders, visit our Meet the Leadership page, or read the Letter from the President.

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