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Celebrating a Wonderful Career: Retirement Party for Gretchen

| Tim Vaughan

Gretchen Hutterli, assistant dean of the UW-Eau Claire College of Business, will retire on September 28 after serving the university for more than 35 years. Please join the College of Business faculty and staff at a reception in her honor on Friday, September 28 from 3-5:30 pm on the Davies Center Terrace. (In case of rain, the reception will be moved to the Davies Center Dulany Inn.) Brief comments at 4 pm. PLEASE CLICK HERE TO RSVP

Parking is available in "F" or "S" rows in campus lots beginning 3:00 p.m. Friday. Please do not park in spots labeled "Reserved for Future Blugolds"

Celebrating a wonderful career

"Gretchen has been a central figure in almost every aspect of the College of Business for many years," said Interim Dean Tim Vaughan. "Her accomplishments in college promotion, program development, fundraising, and external relationships will be felt for many years to come."

Hutterli began her career in 1983 when she was hired by Dr. William Hannaford to teach marketing classes in the Department of Business Administration. Over the course of her career she has taught seven different marketing and business courses, and was an academic advisor for marketing students, a responsibility she held for 30 years.

From 1987-1992, she served as the assistant to the dean under Dean James Wenner while continuing to teach part time for the BSAD department. In this position, Hutterli developed and administered policy related to business student readmission to the university after suspension, and evaluated undergraduate petitions for course substitutions, waivers, and withdrawals. She also coordinated special events for the business school, such as the Baird Lectureship and the annual Foundation-School of Business-Eau Claire area Chamber of Commerce community breakfast.

In 1992, Dean V. Thomas Dock named Hutterli assistant dean for external affairs, a position she holds today.

As assistant dean, Hutterli is responsible for developing and marketing the college, the departments and special programs using web, print, electronic newsletters, social media, and other marketing media. She wrote fundraising proposals which resulted in named programs and classrooms and sponsorships for numerous college and department programs. Hutterli also chairs the college's scholarship, and outstanding student and emerging leader programs, chairs the college's COB Recognition Committee, plans alumni, Admissions, and other special events, and develops fundraising and crowdfunding marketing vehicles. She was instrumental in developing a comprehensive remodeling plan for Schneider Hall, and was chair of the college's 25th and 50th Anniversary Committees. She has been the faculty advisor for six student organizations and is currently the advisor for the college's Student Advisory Council. She has been a member of the Dean's Council since 1992, and has been an ad hoc member of the college's Business Advisory Council since it was established in 1988

Hutterli and her staff were recipients of seven Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, Pride of CASE V awards for excellence in communication and marketing, special events planning, website design, and electronic newsletter design.

During her tenure at UW-Eau Claire, Hutterli has served on numerous university committees. These committees include the UW-Eau Claire Strategic Planning Committee (co-chair, Serving the Public Good); Executive Committee, University Centennial and 75th Anniversary Committees, University Scholarship Committee; UW-Eau Claire Marketing Committee; UW-Eau Claire Campus Campaign (co-chair): Electronic Communications and Publications Committee; Higher Learning Commission Accreditation Committee; Web Accessibility Committee; Minority Student Recruitment & Retention Council (chair); Viennese Ball Committee (Co-Chair); North Central Accreditation Self Study Committee; University Senate; Academic Staff Personnel Committee; and the University Health Services Advisory Board.

Hutterli has also served on numerous community committees.  These groups include the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting Committee (chair), Accreditation and Re-Accreditation Committees, and the Business Council/Professional Education Committee; the Eau Claire Community Visioning Project, Visit Eau Claire (board), Leave a Legacy-Eau Claire, Eau Claire Area Schools Parents Advisory Council, the Luther-Mayo Patient Advisory Council, the Chippewa Valley Museum (board), and the United Way loaned executive and marketing committees. For her work with the United Way she twice received the best electronic communications award for United Way Metros 3-5.

Hutterli is the recipient of numerous awards. These include the UW-Eau Claire Excellence in Performance Award for Administrative and Professional Academic Staff Award, the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Public Employee Award, the UW-Eau Claire American Ethnic Coordinating Office Distinguished Service Award, and the UW-Eau Claire College of Business Culture of Caring Award. In 2007, she was named the UW-Eau Claire Academic Staff Regent Award nominee.

"I can truly say that without Gretchen's efforts, the college would not have the excellent reputation and widespread recognition we currently enjoy," said Vaughan. "She will be greatly missed."