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Dr. Demetrees Hutchins

Assistant Vice President for Research and Evaluations

Dr. Demetrees Hutchins has over 20 years of professional experience and proven leadership in institutional research, communication and change management, collective impact strategies, relationship cultivation, strategic philanthropy, community engagement, assessment and evaluation, policy change work, program management, information technology, and data-driven decision making. She has partnered with grant-giving organizations to identify and implement innovative solutions and engage in collective impact strategies that improve social outcomes and address community needs. Dr. Hutchins has collaborated with government and public agencies like the Indiana Department of Child Services (IDCS), the Indiana Commission on the Social Status of Black Males, the Indiana Commission for Higher Education (ICHE), Indiana Youth Institute (IYI), the Indiana Urban Schools Association (IUSA), Project Lead The Way (PLTW), the Indiana Minority Health Coalition (IMHC), and many P-20 institutions and youth serving organizations throughout Indiana and beyond.

As a data, IT, and research consultant, Dr. Hutchins gained local and national recognition and influence leading projects with organizations and government agencies focused on education, child welfare, and workforce development. She co-led a city-wide college readiness and success data analysis project for the Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF) while earning a PhD at Indiana University – Indianapolis. Using the National Student Clearinghouse’s Student Tracker program, Dr. Hutchins gained the trust of superintendents from 11 incorporated public-school districts in the City of Indianapolis. She collected and analyzed their data over five years to establish a baseline of high school graduation rates and track the trends of Marion County seniors enrolling in postsecondary opportunities; data not collected at the time. As a result, for the first time, Indiana had actual data that helped provide insights into what happens to students once they leave high school and enroll in college. This work was nationally recognized and led to policy changes within the state.

As a former foster youth, Dr. Hutchins pursued degrees in computer science, higher education, institutional research, philanthropic studies, and nonprofit management and became the first Nina Mason Pulliam Legacy Scholar to obtain a graduate degree and the only scholar with a PhD. In 2016, She was nationally recognized as one of eight African American women who graduated IU’s School of Education with a doctoral degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs. And in that same year, selected as a Power 100 Honoree by Ebony Magazine; a national award that recognizes influential African Americans throughout the United States. Her professional and academic achievements and passion for helping underserved and underrepresented communities inspired her to collaborate with the IU Foundation to design and develop a scholarship program called The Great 8. The Great 8 scholarship program provides financial support to graduate students (primarily Black women) to continue their studies in education. Dr. Hutchins is also a AmeriCorps National Service alumni and state liaison, a certified Zumba instructor, an accomplished public speaker, and a minority business owner.

Community Service: Dr. Hutchins currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors at The Villages Foster Care and Adoption Agency and member of the board at the Children’s Policy and Law Institute (CPLI). She previously served as Chair of the Peace Learning Center’s Board of Directors, Co-Chair and for The Villages Young Professionals Advisory Board, and Chair of Ignite Achievement Academy’s Board of Directors.

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