Betty R. (Betsy) Tutt of Fulton has been promoted to vice president and academic dean at William Woods University. In her new position, she has responsibility for all academic divisions and departments, including Graduate & Adult Studies.
She had been associate provost, in charge of the off-campus Graduate & Adult Studies program, since December 1999. For three years prior to that, she served as associate dean of academic affairs, with administrative responsibility for on-campus issues.
A professor of education, Tutt has taught at William Woods since 1991 and chaired the department of education for several years. She also chaired the Teacher Education Committee.
She received the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1993. She has made numerous educational presentations at statewide, regional and national conferences and has authored a variety of scholarly articles.
Tutt was a founding member and president of the board of directors of the Partnership for Outstanding Schools, a not-for-profit statewide advocacy group for educational reform. She also was a member of Missouri’s Statewide Commission on Teaching, appointed by the Commissioner of Education, and a member of the board of directors of the Missouri Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, an advocacy group for teacher education programs.
A native of Fulton, Tutt taught at Fulton High School and was chair of the English Department from 1988 to 1991. She was a member of the Fulton School Board from 1992 to 1994 and served one term as vice president. She serves as a member of the board of directors for both the Fulton and New Bloomfield school districts’ A+ Schools Projects.
She has a B.A. degree from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, an M.A. from the University of Illinois and a Ph.D. from the University of Missouri-Columbia.