Gena Guthrie

January 22, 2021

When Gena Guthrie ’05 returned to the UNCW campus in 2017 to begin her role as the College of Arts and Sciences’ public communication specialist, it felt like she came home.
“It feels very full circle – UNCW had a profound impact on my life and my career path,” said Guthrie. “I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to promote not just UNCW and CAS, but liberal arts education and its value.”
At CAS, Guthrie works hard to support the people, programs and events that make up the college’s 25 departments. Through captivating stories, signage and social media posts, she highlights the important work of CAS students, faculty and staff across the college’s disciplines.
“CAS is a rich cultural and educational resource for residents of the Cape Fear region,” she said. “Throughout the pandemic, CAS students, faculty and staff have found new opportunities for engagement and scholarship. They have continued to advance the College's mission to address the concerns of our community and enrich our world, even during this difficult time.  
Before becoming staff at UNCW, Gena worked at New York University in alumni relations and special events. More recently, she served as a marketing and communications specialist at Cape Fear Community College. Gena holds a bachelor’s degree in English from UNC-Chapel Hill and a master’s degree in English from UNCW.
“English really interested me and I enjoyed it, but I chose it as a field of study because it is so versatile,” Gena said. “As a discipline, it teaches skills that are applicable and necessary to so many different professions. That really appealed to me because I didn’t want to be perpetually tied to one specific industry.”
Originally from Goldsboro, Guthrie loves being closer to the beach and spending time in the sun and sand with her husband and pup, but she feels especially lucky to be surrounded by so much talent at work.
“CAS is home to remarkably gifted, innovative and creative students, faculty and staff,” Guthrie said. “My goal is to share their stories as broadly as possible.”

-- Christina Schechtman