Dr. Jim Hutton Elected to Board of Directors for Career Education Colleges and Universities (CECU)

CQLC CEO Jim Hutton, Ph.D. has been elected to the board of directors for Career Education Colleges and Universities (CECU), a membership organization of accredited, postsecondary schools, institutes, colleges and universities that provide career-specific educational programs.

Hutton previously served on the board of CECU when it was known as Career College Association. “Serving in this role gives CQLC a direct voice in policy and governmental issues impacting millions of career college students and employees,” Hutton said. “It also gives CQLC a national presence and recognition as a top career educator in the country.”

Hutton is a well-known leader in career-focused higher education, having been a strategic level executive, board director (five for-profit and four not-for-profit boards), and co-owner for several outstanding career college groups. He served on CQLC’s board since 2009 and became its CEO in January 2018.

He also served as a commissioner for the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) for six years and as Chairman of ACICS' board of directors in 2006. In addition to his roles with CQLC and CECU, Hutton is an active ACICS evaluator and Appeals Board panel member.

Hutton’s academic credentials include a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Faulkner University in Birmingham, and an MBA and Ph.D. in Administration-Health Services, both summa cum laude, from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

CECU member institutions provide the full range of higher education programs, including master’s and doctorate degrees, two- and four-year associate and baccalaureate degree programs, and short-term certificate and diploma programs. CECU has about 500 member campuses that educate and support millions of students for employment in more than 200 occupational fields. For more information, visit www.career.org.



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