Amanda Gutierrez has been named executive vice president and provost of McPherson College. She has worked at McPherson College for over 16 years. Her most recent role was as Vice President of Automotive Restoration, a position she has held since 2012.
Gutierrez began her college career in 1995 when she served as Director of Annual Giving. After a brief hiatus to start a family, she served on the board of trustees from 2006 to 2009. She returned to campus to lead the advancement team and quickly distinguished herself as a fundraiser in touch with key automotive industry partners. The position of Vice President for Automotive Restoration was created based on the potential she identified for student opportunities and industry support in the field.
“Under Amanda’s leadership, the Automotive Restoration Program has become a center of excellence in the industry with record enrollment, substantial fundraising increases, and a bold vision to elevate the academic experience,” said President Michael Schneider. “She will bring considerable experience and thoughtful insight to her new role and help lead growth initiatives for the entire campus.”
The position aligns with the objectives set out in the Community by Design strategic plan that calls for nurturing entrepreneurial faculty and developing engaging academic programs inspired by recent automotive restoration successes.
“With initiatives such as the Student Debt Project and new academic programs such as Health Sciences, McPherson College is poised for significant growth over the next few years and I am pleased to bring this I learned from the automotive restoration program to facilitate growth on campus,” Gutierrez says. “I enjoy the culture and community of our faculty and our campus community and look forward to working together as we chart a course for the future of the college.”
As executive vice president and provost, Gutierrez will provide administrative direction for academics, the Registrar’s Office, institutional compliance and research, and academic support services. She will oversee the Health Sciences and Automotive Restoration programs. As he transitions into his new role, Gutierrez is also leading the search for a new vice president of academic affairs. The new VPAA will replace Dr. Bruce Clary, who is retiring after 39 years with the college on July 1, 2022.
“I’ve worked closely with Bruce Clary for over a year and learned a lot from him,” Gutierrez said. “He was an inspirational leader for the faculty for many years and our academic programs have flourished under his leadership. Our work moving forward honors his legacy.
Gutierrez will continue to dedicate a portion of his time to working with the Automotive Restoration Program to ensure a smooth transition to new leadership over the next year.