August 11, 2011
For Immediate Release
For additional information:
Barbara Kerr, APR
Executive Director of Communications and Marketing
VANCOUVER, Wash. – With management experience in college athletics from coast to coast, Charles Guthrie is the new director of athletics at Clark College.
Guthrie comes to Clark from the California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA), where he served as deputy director of athletics, supporting the overall planning, direction and management of the intercollegiate athletic program.
At CSULA, Guthrie was responsible for development and fundraising for the Golden Eagles as well as direct supervision of CSULA's tennis, track and field, and cross country programs. He also served as the department liaison to Associate Students Inc., the officially recognized voice of the student body at CSULA.
At California State University, San Marcos (CSUSM), Guthrie served as director of alumni and parent relations. Guthrie previously spent four years as associate director of athletics at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), where he developed and implemented the marketing, alumni and ticket programs for Triton athletics.
A 2004 graduate of the NCAA Fellows Leadership Development Program, Guthrie also held intercollegiate athletics positions at Columbia University, Colgate University and the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC).
A native of Albany, N.Y., Guthrie received a bachelor’s degree in political science from Syracuse University and a master’s degree in education administration and policy studies from the University of Albany.
"Charles Guthrie rose to the top of an outstanding pool of candidates based on a combination of key skills and experience that fit with our vision for the future of Penguin athletics,” said Clark College President Robert K. Knight.
Vice President of Student Affairs William Belden said, “Charles is committed to the academic success of our student athletes. I know that his strategic thinking and his collegial approach to working with staff, coaches, student athletes, and the college community as well as our alumni, partners and friends will honor the proud tradition of student athletics at Clark College.”
Guthrie said, "It is extremely important to me that student athletes at Clark have a positive experience while competing as a Penguin. I value their commitment to be successful in their sport, in the classroom and in the community.” He added, "Couple that with the college’s and community's commitment to supporting our athletes, it’s clear why Clark has all the right ingredients for success."
Guthrie succeeds Dennis Huston, who has served as interim director of athletics since fall 2008. Huston has also served on the boards of the Clark College Foundation and the Penguin Athletic Club, which he helped to establish. In 2005, Huston received the college’s Outstanding Alumni Award.