Chief Academic Officer Dr. Mark E. Nutter Retires from WSCC
Washington State Community College's (WSCC) Chief Academic Officer, Dr. Mark Nutter, is retiring from the college after 21 years. To celebrate this milestone of achievement, WSCC hosted a Retirement Reception for Dr. Nutter on Tuesday, May 29th at the college campus.
Dr. Mark Nutter received his Bachelor of Science in Education in 1979 from Ohio University, majoring in Spanish with minors in Speech Communication and English. He began his career in education at OU during his graduate studies, as a Teaching Assistant in Spanish. After earning a Master of Arts in Spanish with a minor in Linguistics, Dr. Nutter became a part time Instructor of Spanish at the University. Afterwards, he taught Spanish, English and Speech at Waterford High School for ten years.
In 1991, Dr. Nutter began his time with Washington State Community College as an Associate Professor of Spanish. "I came to WSCC when it first became a community college (formerly Washington Technical College), so I had the experience of being in this building when it was brand new and being part of that energy that started the campus here and that was very exciting," says Dr. Nutter
Four years later, he became Lead Faculty for Liberal Arts, eventually transitioning to the position of Dean of Arts and Sciences in 1998. Two years later, he completed his Doctor of Philosophy from OU, studying Curriculum and Instruction. In the summer of 2006, Dr. Nutter took on the position of Chief Academic Officer. Last year, Dr. Nutter served four months as Interim President, performing all duties of both President and Chief Academic Officer during a period of transition.
"One of my most memorable experiences here at WSCC happens every year and that's graduation," notes Dr. Nutter. "We, as faculty and staff, get so involved in all the daily details – making classes happen, accreditation, and things like that – then you go to graduation and see the students cross that stage with smiles on their faces, and on their family's faces....that's what it's all about."
Dr. Nutter has led and coordinated WSCC's participation in the Academic Quality Improvement Program of the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association, as well as led the College's Quarters to Semesters transition movement.
He discusses his plans after retirement. "I plan on spending the summer working around the house and catching up on some projects I haven't done for years. By next fall I hope to be teaching part-time somewhere - I spent 17 years of my career teaching; I miss it and am really looking forward to doing that again."