Dr. Patricia Chute, dean of the School of Health Professions at New York Institute of Technology, has been named vice president for Academic Affairs at Dalton State College effective July 25.
Dr. Chute was chosen following a nationwide search and succeeds Dr. Sandra Stone who left the position in October 2014 to serve as regional chancellor of the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee. Dr. Andy Meyer has served in the interim and will resume responsibilities as Associate VPAA.
“Dr. Chute comes to Dalton State with an unusually broad background in Academic Affairs having served as dean of the School of Health Professions and interim dean of the School of Education at her previous institution,” said President Dr. Margaret Venable. “She has had a very distinguished career and brings to us experience with shared governance, strategic planning, accreditation, curriculum development, and community and legislative partnerships. She has established a reputation for advocating for the needs of first-generation college students and for a leadership style that incudes respect for her colleagues’ ideas and opinions.”
As Dalton State’s chief academic officer, Dr. Chute will have administrative responsibility for the College’s five schools and 244 faculty members. She will oversee the development of new degree programs in addition to the 21 bachelor’s and 17 associate degree programs Dalton State currently offers and career certificate programs. She will also be responsible for ancillary and academic support services including academic advising, Roberts Library, Dalton State’s Gilmer Center, and Bandy Heritage Center.
"Dalton State represents what is best in the American higher education system - providing opportunity to all students to transform their lives through education,” said Chute. “The community of administrators, faculty, staff and surrounding businesses consider it part of their own responsibility to ensure the success of everyone who walks through Dalton State's doors. I am thrilled to part of this remarkable group."
Dr. Chute has served as dean of the School of Health Professions at the New York Institute of Technology in Old Westbury, N.Y. since 2010. She served one year as interim dean of the School of Education at NYIT and earlier as the founding dean of the School of Health and Natural Sciences at Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.
Prior to her academic career, she worked in clinical medicine as a research audiologist in the area of cochlear implantation and has authored or co-authored 44 publications including three books. She was featured in a documentary on deafness known as Sound and Fury that was nominated for an Academy Award in 2000.
Her worldview is shaped by research she has conducted around the globe in Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, and the Mideast. She worked closely with the University of Nottingham years ago in building programs to meet the needs of students studying to be educators and health professionals.
She was a health policy fellow with the Ohio University/NYIT program and has worked with state lobby groups and other governmental agencies highlighting issues that affect education. She is the former editor of the Volta Review (a journal dedicated to publications regarding deafness) and continues to be an editorial board member of the journal, Cochlear Implants International.
Chute earned her Doctor of Education degree from Teachers College, Columbia University in 1993 and her master’s (1974) and bachelor’s (1972) degrees from City University of New York, Hunter College. She completed a fellowship with the American Osteopathic Association in 2011.
Cognizant of enrollment trends and limitations on colleges and universities today, Dr. Chute has worked to develop programs that address local and global workforce needs to ensure students can be successful upon graduation. She developed strategies for increased recruitment and retention of students especially those who are the first in their families to attend college. Her belief is that all students can be successful in college if given the proper guidance, support, and curriculum.
“In the long run, it comes down to having the right students in the right programs with the right learner outcomes,” she said. “Dalton State’s commitment to providing a seamless and successful transition into, through, and beyond college is one that resonates with my personal philosophy and goals.”
Dr. Chute has two grown children; her husband is retired. Her hobbies include walking, reading, and crochet.