Randall B. Cutlip, WWU Trustee, President Emeritus, Dies in Texas

Dr. Randy CutlipDr. Randall B. (Randy) Cutlip, who served as president of William Woods College for 20 years, died Friday, May 21, in Corpus Christi, Texas. He was 93.


A memorial service will be held in June at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), 3401 Santa Fe, Corpus Christi. A date has not been determined.


“Dr. Cutlip’s leadership helped to set the stage for many of William Woods University’s successes. He was well-loved by students, faculty and staff,” Dr. Jahnae H. Barnett, president of William Woods University, said.


“I was fortunate to serve under the leadership of both Dr. Cutlip and Dr. Bartholomy. The William Woods community has lost another very important friend.”


Born Oct. 1, 1916, in West Virginia, Dr. Cutlip earned A.B., M.A. and Ed.D. degrees and achieved recognition as a classroom instructor, director of counseling, dean of men, dean of students, dean of faculty, dean of the college and director of graduate studies before coming to William Woods.


He served at Atlantic Christian College, Wilson, N.C., from 1953 to 1958 and at Chapman College, Orange, Calif., until his appointment as the 10th president of William Woods in 1960.


During Cutlip’s years as president, William Woods moved from offering a two-year program of studies to a four-year baccalaureate program, and sororities were established on campus.


Also, the William Woods mission regarding women’s education was revised to reflect the changing times. It read, “The William Woods woman will be educated in a specific career area so she can have a career of her own—in addition to helping her husband in his career and being a wise mother and a strong community leader.”


In line with the new career-oriented mission, in 1972 William Woods was the first school in the country to offer a baccalaureate in equestrian studies.  Also during Cutlip’s tenure, the first paralegal program accredited by the American Bar Association was established.


After his retirement, Dr. Cutlip was named President Emeritus and appointed to the William Woods Board of Trustees. He also served as a trustee of the Amy Shelton McNutt Charitable Trust, which has provided significant financial support to William Woods.


Cutlip Auditorium in the McNutt Campus Center, R.B. Cutlip Drive and the Dr. Randall B. Cutlip Residence Hall are all named in tribute to him. The Virginia Cutlip Building was named for his wife, who died in 2007.