Guthrie to succeed Ecker as Carroll superintendent

Veteran educator assumes post July 1

  • Stephen H. Guthrie will be Carroll County's new superintendent.
Stephen H. Guthrie will be Carroll County's new superintendent. (BALTIMORE SUN )
April 01, 2010|By Nicole Fuller |

The Carroll County Board of Education named a veteran educator and administrator in the county as its new superintendent Wednesday morning after a nationwide search.

The board voted unanimously to appoint as superintendent Stephen H. Guthrie, 54, currently Carroll's assistant superintendent of administration. Guthrie will succeed Superintendent Charles I. Ecker, who plans to retire at the close of this academic year.

Guthrie, who began his career teaching social studies, said Ecker's tenure inspired him to work for the job.

"I plan to replicate his unique leadership, his approach to problem-solving and motivating others," said Guthrie, adding that his experience in and out of the classroom would serve him well.

Barbara J. Shreeve, president of the board, said that while all of the finalists were "excellent" candidates, Guthrie's familiarity with the school system made him ideal for the position.

"I just felt it would be a very easy transition," said Shreeve. "He's very well-known and well-respected."

Guthrie, who began his education career in 1978, taught in California and Pennsylvania before arriving in Carroll in 1982. Guthrie began working for the human resources department in 1991 and became the director in 2001.

Guthrie has held his current position for the past eight years.

He will begin his new job July 1.

Asked what issues he would tackle as superintendent, Guthrie demurred, saying he didn't want to pre-empt Ecker while he's still on the job.

After Ecker's retirement announcement in September, the board held focus groups across the county, asking for input from residents.

The board also hired HYA, a national search firm based in Chicago, paying it $15,000 to advertise the job nationwide.

Twenty-two candidates applied for the job, which pays $180,000 annually.

The board narrowed it down to four finalists - Guthrie, two candidates from Maryland and another from out of state, said Shreeve.

Ecker, who was named superintendent in 2002 after serving two years as interim superintendent, called Guthrie a "very good choice."

"He knows the system, " said Ecker, 81, a former Howard County executive. "He knows the county. He can hit the ground running."

Guthrie lives in Finksburg with his wife, Barbara, and their son.

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