In 1970 the third chancellor of the UC Davis campus, James H. Meyer, appointed Thomas Dutton as the first vice chancellor for Student Affairs. The newly created administrative appointment encompassed the responsibilities of the former part-time positions of the dean of students, and dean of men and women.
As vice chancellor for Student Affairs, Dutton restructured student programs to reflect the campus's academic planning and brought under one organizational umbrella enrollment services (admission, financial aid and registration), counseling, housing, health and recreation, student government and student special services.
During his 20-year tenure as vice chancellor, Dutton built the Division of Student Affairs into an adaptable unit, providing students the services and programs that enable them to thrive at UC Davis.
Originated from a gift fund established in honor of Vice Chancellor Dutton's retirement in 1991, the Thomas Dutton Student Scholarship Fund provides scholarships to undergraduate students based on academic merit and with a demonstrated financial need.