Welcome Layton’s New Dean of Education: Nikki McCutcheon
Published on January 8, 2015 by Amber Ard
Here at the Layton campus of Broadview University we have a familiar face in a new job. Nikki McCutcheon has recently been promoted to the role of Dean of Education. Let’s take a moment to get to know her a little better.
Tell me a little bit about yourself.
I was born and raised in Western Pennsylvania. I moved to Utah in October of 2008. I am a HUGE sports nut, but I can’t live without my Steelers and Penguins. I have a Bachelor of Science degree from Frostburg State University (Frostburg, MD) in Physics. I have a Master’s in Information Technology Management with an emphasis in Disaster Preparation and Recovery from Keller Graduate School of Management. I also have a Master of Science in Business Administration from Keller. I am currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Business Management with a Human Resources emphasis from Broadview University.
What brought you to Broadview?
I was finishing my MBA with Keller in Sandy, UT when an adjunct teaching opportunity came my way. I applied for an adjunct IT position with what was then Utah Career College. I was hired in April 2010 to teach CL111, and the rest is history.
Why should students choose Broadview?
I’ve had the opportunity to experience what is known as “traditional” education at large schools and I’ve had the opportunity to experience education at BVU. I think there are two things that really set us apart. First, we truly offer the student the chance to experience a hands-on education. No matter the program, there is always the chance to practice what you are learning in a practical setting. Second, and more important, I believe in our “We Care” philosophy. I did my time and earned a degree at a school where most of my instructors couldn’t identify me just by name. I didn’t meet my advisor until it was time for him to tell me that he had made a mistake and I had to stay in school for an extra semester. To this day, I can’t tell you where the Career Services or Student Services offices are on that campus. Here at BVU, everyone knows the student and everyone is willing to help. It doesn’t matter what program the instructor is from or in what program the student is actually enrolled. If the instructor can help that student, he or she will. I love that about this school. We honestly give each student every chance to succeed.
What are you most excited about in taking on the new role of Dean of Education?
Anyone that knows anything about me knows that I love two things… I love a challenge and I love to learn. This new role presents both opportunities. I’ve been on this campus long enough to witness 19 graduation ceremonies. I’ve had the opportunity to participate in each one in varying capacities. I’ve been an observant, a participant (handing out degrees), an organizer and now I get to become a presenter. I guess what excites me most about this new role is the fact that I now play an integral part in helping our students get to that day. I get to help them make that dream of a college degree and calling themselves a college graduate a reality.
Do you have any advice for our students?
My first piece of advice would be CHECK YOUR STUDENT EMAIL DAILY. I would also advise students to communicate. I don’t care what the problem or complication might be, you need to communicate with your instructors and the school administrators. We have to know there is an issue before we can help you with it. If you don’t talk to us or let us know what is going on, we can’t help you be successful.
Congratulations to Nikki and we are excited for the changes ahead.
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