New Clark College Athletic Director Charles Guthrie is on the opposite side of the country from his hometown of Albany, N.Y., but he said living in Camas feels strangely like being back home.
“I love how kind and genuine people are here. They are really passionate about this institution and this community. It’s a nice change of pace after working in bigger metropolitan areas such as Los Angeles and San Diego, where people don’t have that same sense of community,” Guthrie said. “This area is more similar to where I grew up, where everybody knows your name. I feel like I have come full circle.”
After nearly six years of serving as the director of alumni and parent relations at Cal State University-San Marcos, in Los Angeles, and four years as an associate athletic director at the University of California, in San Diego, Guthrie’s first day of donning the Penguin silver and blue was Aug. 8. He has a bachelor’s degree in political science, from Syracuse University, and a master’s in education and policy studies, from the University of Albany.
Guthrie describes his first days on the job as a “listening and learning tour.” His guides are Administrative Assistant of Athletics Marla Derrick and former Interim Athletic Director Denny Huston. Derrick is a Camas resident, and Huston is a Camas High School graduate and a member of the Camas Athletic Hall of Fame.
“Marla has been a huge centerpiece for this department in the last few years,” Guthrie said. “I will continue to pick her brain, as much as I can.