Tutt to Speak at William Woods Commencement

William Woods University will celebrate a decade of service to working adults by holding one of its largest commencements ever on Friday, Aug. 2.

Among the 214 students graduating are 162 who will receive master’s degrees, either in business or education. It will be the largest number of graduate degrees conferred since the Graduate & Adult studies program began 10 years ago.

Many of those receiving bachelor’s degrees also completed their studies through the university’s Graduate & Adult Studies program.

Betty R. Tutt, new vice president and dean of academic affairs at William Woods, will be the commencement speaker. Prior to accepting her new responsibilities a few months ago, Tutt was associate provost of Graduate & Adult Studies for two and a half years.

During the ceremony at 7 p.m. in Cutlip Auditorium of the McNutt Campus Center, the university will grant one associate of applied science, 51 bachelor of science degrees, 81 master of business administration degrees and 81 master of education degrees.

With increased campus enrollment and the growth of the university’s graduate and adult studies programs, William Woods now holds three graduation ceremonies each year. This is the sixth year a summer commencement has been held. Each of the commencements in the past year has graduated more than 200 students, and the combined total is 637.

Before becoming associate provost of Graduate & Adult Studies in 1999, Tutt served as associate dean of academic affairs, a position she had held since 1996. In making the job change, her responsibilities switched from the administrative duties of on-campus issues to those of off-campus programs.

An associate 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.