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Laura Hutchinson named VP for Student Life, Dean of Students

Duane Bonifer
MONMOUTH, Ill. – Laura Hutchinson has been named Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students at Monmouth College.

Hutchinson was selected from a strong national pool of candidates to lead the residential liberal arts college’s student life departments, which includes athletics and intramurals, career and leadership services, Greek life, intercultural life, residence life, and religious and spiritual life.

Hutchinson, who has worked in student life for more than 25 years, comes to Monmouth from Earlham (Ind.) College, where she was most recently vice president for student life.

“Laura was the clear choice among a very strong field of candidates,” said Monmouth President Dr. Clarence R. Wyatt. “Laura made a very strong impression because of her broad experience, strong character, empathy and sense of humor. She is a student-centered professional who will enhance Monmouth College’s already strong and vibrant student life program.”

Hutchinson said she is impressed with Monmouth’s tradition of being a national residential liberal arts college while remaining a place of high opportunity.

“Monmouth College is such a gem because it has great leadership, a very strong faculty and staff, and a clear vision for where it is headed,” she said. “The College is focused on maintaining strong academic programs that are supported by a dynamic student life, and I look forward to joining the Monmouth College community.”

Hutchinson, who has a master’s degree in philosophy and religious studies from Texas Christian University, said she also likes the College’s approach to the integrated liberal arts.

“I like how the College is focused on its academic mission without losing sight of the student experience, because they go hand-in-hand,” she said. “The more I learned what Monmouth is about, the more attractive it became.

“It’s a beautiful campus and the students I met are fantastic. I was really struck by how much the faculty care about students – not only their cognitive development but also their interpersonal development and the practical ways that students are going to apply their education outside of the classroom.”