Donald Guthrie

Donald is a member of Ransom’s Board of Directors, Donald Guthrie is, believe it or not, from Apollo, Pa, which spelled backwards is Apollo, Pa. Donald grew up working at his dad’s Chevrolet dealership as a new and pre-owned vehicle reconditioner (he washed and waxed the cars before the customers picked them up) and chasis lubrication and oil viscosity evaluator (he changed the oil, oil filter, and grease and checked the tire pressure on customer cars). This challenging, precision-oriented environment molded Donald and prepared him for what would become his life’s work—higher education administration, teaching, and student development. It also prepared him to be Ben and Erin’s dad. Somewhere along the line, his wife Mary agreed to allow Donald to pursue degrees in religion/philosophy (BA from Grove City College), theology/educational ministry (MDiv from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School), adult/community education (MA from Indiana University of PA), and adult education (EdD from the University of Georgia). She did this hoping that some combination of his work as a grease monkey and his exposure to literature and higher order thinking would refine his propensity for muddling through all assignments and his misplaced devotion to all Pittsburgh sports teams. Donald, Mary and Erin can most often be found in Chicago, IL, where Donald serves as Director of the PhD in Educational Studies and Professor of Educational Ministries

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