Amanda GuthornAVP Public Safety La Salle University
Dr. Amanda M. Guthorn is the Asst VP of Public Safety at La Salle Univ in Philadelphia. Guthorn manages a staff of 50 full- and part-time, non-sworn public safety staff supplemented by a contract security force. At La Salle, Guthorn transitioned the dept to an online database management system, updated and added CCTV, renovated the Univ dispatch center, completed an assessment of the access control systems and reduced costs for satellite campus operations. Guthorn reengineered the dept to optimize resources appointing a director of compliance and investigations, improved hiring and onboarding requirements, increased training requirements and strengthened support for supervisors for oversite of day-to-day operations.
Prior to La Salle, Guthorn was the Director of Campus Safety at Keene State Coll in NH. She previously served as the director of campus safety/security at Franklin Pierce Univ, Pine Manor Coll, and Newbury Coll. Guthorn began her 30-year career in campus law enforcement as a student officer at Northeastern Univ.
Guthorn earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in criminal justice from Northeastern. In 2015, she received her DA in leadership from Franklin Pierce Univ. Guthorn completed additional professional development programs at the Management Institute for Women at Wellesley Coll and the Intl Assoc of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators Exec Dev Inst. She is also a certified Rape Aggression Defense instructor. She was the first woman to serve as president of the NH Assoc of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators. She served on the Board of Directors of the Northeast Colleges and Universities Security Assoc for 10 years. Dr. Guthorn was the co-director of the NH Campus Safety Academy for 14 years and presents at conferences on sexual violence, emergency planning, safety and social networking, and leadership. She testified in front of several NH Legislative and Senate Committees on legislation affecting campus law enforcement.