City College president’s condition improves after car accident

City College President Michael Gutierrez has been hospitalized after a car accident Monday Aug. 12. Gutierrez is pictured here in a conference room in Rodda Hall North Aug. 10, 2017. |Jason Pierce |

City College President Michael Gutierrez was moved out of intensive care and onto a regular floor at UC Davis Medical Center the day after he sustained injuries in a four-car accident Monday, Aug. 12.

In an Aug. 13 email to the campus community City College Communications and Public Information Officer Kaitlyn MacGregor wrote, “While [Gutierrez’s] injuries are significant, we are optimistic about his recovery.” She said that the move from intensive care was “a good indication of his improving condition, and we hope he will be home soon.”

MacGregor said that the team of City College vice presidents who are temporarily in charge of the campus visited Gutierrez and his family in the hospital. They said that Gutierrez was “in good spirits.”

The accident occurred Monday morning as Gutierrez was driving westbound on Hwy. 50 to the SCC Davis Center.

According to The Sacramento Bee, which did not name Gutierrez in the story, a car driving in the fast lane struck a car believed to be Gutierrez’s, which was stopped in traffic near Harbor Boulevard.

The Bee reported that the driver of the car stopped in traffic was taken to UCDMC with major injuries.

In an Aug. 12 email sent to the campus community by MacGregor wrote, “This morning, President Gutierrez was in a serious car accident and, while he is conscious and believed to be stable, he is currently at the hospital being treated for several major injuries.”

MacGregor said it is not clear how long Gutierrez, 50, will be away from campus.

“I haven’t heard anything about him having surgery,” said MacGregor. “Hopefully, we will get an update on his recovery and timeline, but I’m sure it will take at least a few days to really know the extent of his injuries.”

According to MacGregor, Los Rios Chancellor Brian King stopped by the hospital the day of the accident to offer support to Gutierrez and his family. MacGregor said City College will do whatever is necessary to help Gutierrez and his wife and two children through this ordeal.

In the interim, Vice Presidents Albert Garcia, Carrie Bray and Davin Brown will each step into a temporary role as administrator in charge of the college on different days, MacGregor said.

MacGregor said the president’s office has several get well cards available for anyone in the campus community who would like to send well wishes to Gutierrez. People may also drop off cards at the president’s office (Rodda North 277) that will be delivered to Gutierrez.

Gutierrez became president of City College in July 2017 after working in higher education in Texas since 1992, according to the City College website. Among other roles, he served as executive vice president for academic affairs and student success at Eastfield College in the Dallas Community College District. 

According to an article in published Aug. 20, 2017, Gutierrez said that he “believes strongly in the value of community colleges, and is grateful that he has the opportunity to help the community.

“‘It does feel like we are changing the lives of people in our community by allowing them the opportunity to transform,’ Gutierrez said. ‘I’m all in. It really does feel like I’m giving back to the community that I serve.’”

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