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Gary Hutchinson
 Gary Hutchinson

Business Education Division President 
3610 Hennepin Drive 
Joliet, IL 60431 
Phone: 815-483-4056


Occupation
Retired

Employment History
Hinsdale South High School, Department Chair–Business, Family and Consumer Sciences, Technology Education (August 1999–June 2014); Waubonsie Valley High School, Department Chair–Business Education (August 1991–June 1999); Niles West High School, Business Instructor/Head Wrestling Coach (August 1988–June 1989); Maine Township High Schools–East/South–Business Instructor (August 1990–June 1991), West–Instructional Aide (August 1989–June 1990), West–Business Instructor (August 1979–June 1988)

Education
Doctorate of Education–Educational Administration and M.S.–Business Education, Northern Illinois University; B.S.–Business Education, Illinois State University

ACTE Involvement
Division: Policies Commission for Business and Economic Education (April 2011/after three years as PCBEE Rep)
Region: Resolutions Committee (2009–Present); Awards Committee (2011–present)
National: NPS attendee (2005–present)
State/Local: Illinois ACTE President (June 2009–February 2011); Illinois Business Education Association State President 2005–2006; Membership Coordinator (May 2009–present)

Platform Statement
When I started my participation in professional organizations as a member-at-large for the Illinois Business Education Association and was assigned as chairman of the Professional Development Task Force, I never dreamed of where it would lead me with my involvement in business education. Couple 20 years as a department chairperson, leadership in CTE organizations and the experiences of earning a doctorate; I have been able to lead others not only in business education, but career and technical education. It has been an enjoyed passion throughout my career and something I wish to continue.

As the Business Education Division VP, I would like to see more of a focus upon collaboration (1) among business education programs at all levels (high school, collegiate, local, Region, state, national), (2) with the other areas that make up CTE, and (3) with the four core areas of education. This would include the further development of state/national standards for business education, and then an alignment with CTE, math, English, science, social sciences and even the fine arts. I firmly believe that CTE prepares students for college, careers and LIFE, and one way to accomplish this efficiently is to have a collaborative effort. CTE needs to be considered a core area in education.

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