Jim Hutton, Ph.D.
Career Quest Learning Centers
Jim Hutton, Ph.D. is a sector leader in career-focused higher education, having been a strategic level executive, board director (six for-profit and four not-for-profit boards), and stockholder/co-owner for several outstanding career college groups. He also served as a Commissioner for ACICS for six years and as Chairman of ACICS' Board of Directors for 2006. Jim also served on the CECU (formerly Career College Association--CCA) Board of Directors. He is currently the publisher of Career Education Review and president/CEO for Career Quest Education.
Jim began his work in post-secondary career education in 1989 as an adjunct business administration teacher and has been a department chair, academic dean, campus director, CFO, COO, CEO, chancellor, director and partner for various career colleges. In addition to his service as a Commissioner for ACICS, Hutton has served as the Public Relations chair and CCAPAC and Legislative Committees for CCA or CECU; is an active ACICS Evaluator; and a Certified Real Estate Broker (CRB™). Jim was listed in the Birmingham Business Journal 1989 “Top 40 Under 40”
Some of Dr. Hutton’s presentations include the AUPHA Meeting: “Defining Health Care Administration--Strategic Issues in Health Care;” CCA Annual Convention: “Financial Responsibility and Strategic Management;” ACICS Workshops: “Dean’s Conference--Accreditation Issues;” “Institutional Effectiveness (IEP)” and “Evaluator Chair Training.” CCA Leadership Training: “Retention and Student Satisfaction and “Budgeting/Benchmarking;” and the ACCET Conference: “Strategic Management and Benchmarking.”
Publications by Jim include: Journal of Health Care Marketing; Health Care Marketing Quarterly; Journal of International Retailing; and Health Care Management Review. His dissertation coined the phrase “Healthscapes” and researched the impact the tangible health care environment plays on patient satisfaction, quality assessments, and positive customer behavior outcomes.
Academic credentials include a bachelor’s in Business Administration from Faulkner University, and an MBA and Ph.D. in Administration-Health Services, specialty track—Health Care Marketing, both summa cum laude, from The University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Jim lives in Birmingham Alabama with his wife Linda and spends time with six wonderful grandkids when not flying to Michigan.