Professor Marguerite (Zite [pronounced: "zeet"]) Hutton joined Western as a faculty member in 1989 and retired in 2019. A native New Orleanian, she received her PhD from the University of Houston, and her Bachelors and Masters degrees from the University of Texas at Arlington. She taught courses in taxation and accounting, and was a recipient of Western's Excellence in Teaching Award (1992). Prof. Hutton was named as the CBE Distinguished Teaching Fellow by WWU's College of Business and Economics for 2006 through 2009.
The Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants (WSCPA) honored her as the "2005 Outstanding Accounting Educator for Washington State." In 2002, Prof. Hutton was the first recipient of the College of Business and Economics Excellence in Teaching Award, and received the 2005 Allette and Cayden Chase Franklin Excellence in Teaching Award for the College of Business and Economics. She has twice (2000 and 2009) received the prestigious American Taxation Association Teaching Innovation Award. Prof. Hutton also served for many years as Faculty Advisor for the Theta Phi Chapter of Beta Alpha Psi (the National Accounting Honorary) and the WWU Accounting Society. In 1999, and again in 2011, she was honored internationally as Outstanding Faculty Advisor by Beta Alpha Psi. She served as Chair of the Department of Accounting from 1998 until 2002, and was involved in Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) from 1991 to 2018. In 2016, the American Taxation Association honored Prof. Hutton with the ATA Outstanding Service Award. In May 2018, Prof. Hutton received the WSCPA Chair's Award "for ongoing contributions and tremendous dedication to accounting education in Washington State."
Her research interests focused on accounting and taxation education issues. Prof. Zite Hutton was a contributing author on the Pratt and Kulsrud series of taxation textbooks, and published in a variety of academic and professional journals.