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Bob Hutton to retire from Columbia College after more than 18 years

Monday, June 23, 2014 | 6:59 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — In the nearly two decades that he was in charge of administrative services at Columbia College, Bob Hutton oversaw the addition of 12 buildings and the renovation of many older buildings on the college's campuses.

Southwell Gymnasium, Atkins-Holman Student Commons and the Gerald T. and Bonnie M. Brouder Science Center were among some of the new buildings.

Hutton said he didn't have plans to improve the college's infrastructure when he started the job, but it just worked itself out that way.

"I was lucky to have the resources that allowed me to make a difference," he said.

Hutton, executive director of the college's administrative services, announced Monday that he will retire, effective Sept. 26.

Hutton said he has been planning to retire for a while, but he will miss being around the people he has worked with for many years.

Hutton has been with the college's administrative services division for more than 18 years.

"His leadership over the division of Administrative Services helps to influence the public face of the college," said Sallie Coley, director of events, protocol and design.

As the executive director, Hutton has not only been in charge of overseeing the maintenance of the college's infrastructure and landscaping but also has also led the college in multi-million dollar construction projects, Coley said.

Coley, who has worked with Hutton for more than 14 years, said he raised the standards for the college by renovating, improving and constructing more buildings on the college's campus.

"He worked to make substantial improvements to an established campus and raised the bar at Columbia College," she said.

Before Hutton started at Columbia College, he was the director of facilities at Stephens College for more than five years. He was also a member of the Columbia City Council, representing the Third Ward for 12 years.

Terry Smith, Columbia College's executive vice president and dean for academic affairs, said Hutton was great to work with and he'll be missed by the college.

"He helped Columbia College have no deferred maintenance costs, and the campus is beautiful and well-maintained," he said.

The college will begin a search for Hutton's successor immediately, according to a Columbia College news release. Hutton said he will not be involved in the search.

Supervising editor is Samuel Hardiman.


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