About the President

Dr. Michelle Schutt has more than two decades of experience supporting students, staff and faculty through her work in higher education leadership. She most recently served as the Vice President of Learner & Community Services at the College of Southern Idaho, the state’s first Hispanic Serving Institution. Dr. Schutt is inspired by the community college mission of providing affordable, accessible education, and changing family trees. Applying her transformational leadership style, she has a proven track record for orchestrating student success initiatives in collaboration with diverse faculty and staff, college wide.

As an educator first and foremost, Dr. Schutt recognizes the power of teaching and learning and believes that what goes on in the classroom personifies the heart and soul of the collegiate enterprise. In her previous roles, Michelle regularly taught classes in English and social justice. She is an active contributor to the field through her presentations at national conferences and mentorship of Ph.D. student practicums.

Dr. Schutt’s credentials strengthen her as an educator and administrator to a diverse campus community. Schutt holds a B.A. from Upper Iowa University in English Education, a Master Teacher M.S. from Emporia State University, an M.S. in Social Responsibility from St. Cloud State University, and a Ph.D. in Education and Human Resources from Colorado State University.  In the summer of 2019, Michelle participated in the Institute for Educational Management at Harvard University. Dr. Schutt is one of 40 leaders selected for the 2021-2022 class of the Aspen Rising Presidents Fellowship, a highly selective leadership program preparing the next generation of community college presidents to transform institutions towards achieving more equitable levels of student success.

Michelle is a national park enthusiast and enjoys traveling, reading and crafting. She and her husband Clay have three children.