William Woods University Makes Administrative Changes

With enrollment at William Woods University now exceeding 3,000 and continued growth expected, President Jahnae H. Barnett has announced administrative changes to better serve students, both on campus and at university outreach locations.


Betsy Tutt, who has served as vice president and academic dean for two years, has assumed the position of vice president of external initiatives, with responsibility for the off-campus Graduate and Adult Studies program.


Sherry McCarthy has been promoted from associate academic dean to academic dean, responsible for the traditional on-campus academic program.


Tutt is a native of Fulton who has worked at William Woods for 13 years. A resident of Millersburg, McCarthy has been employed at William Woods for eight years.


Prior to being named vice president in 2002, Tutt had been associate provost since 1999. For three years before that, she served as associate dean of academic affairs. A professor of education, Tutt has taught at William Woods since 1991 and chaired the department of education for several years. She also taught at Fulton High School and was chair of the English Department from 1988 to 1991.


Tutt 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.


Joining William Woods as an assistant professor of education and student teacher supervisor in 1996, McCarthy was appointed to chair the division of education in 1997, and became associate provost for academic services and assessment in 2001. The title was later changed to associate academic dean.


McCarthy received her bachelor of science, master of education and doctoral degrees all from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. She had more than 25 years of teaching experience in public school classrooms before going into higher education.