Matthew R. Utterback, North Clackamas School District Superintendent since 2012, has been named the 2017 Oregon Superintendent of the Year by the Oregon Association of School Executives(OASE) and the Confederation of Oregon School Administrators (COSA). This award automatically places Utterback in the running for the National Superintendent of the Year Award from the American Association of School Administrators (AASA), sponsored by Aramark and Valic.
Utterback has over 27 distinguished years in public education, the past four years as superintendent of the North Clackamas School District. A suburban school district serving over 17,000students on 32 school campuses, North Clackamas Schools are continuously recognized as innovative leaders in the state of Oregon.
In 2013, Utterback oversaw the development of the district’s Strategic Direction and Plan. A community engagement process resulted in three clearly articulated goals and action plans in the areas of student achievement, equity, and quality programs. With a clear plan and process for communication, the district’s vision is felt and supported in every corner of the district.
“Matt Utterback is an outstanding superintendent. His daily leadership for equity is seen in his thoughtful manner and unquestionable commitment to serving every student under his care. He is revered by his staff and is highly focused on improving system outcomes to secure individual student success. Matt is a humble person who leads others with urgency and grace. I am inspired by his skill, passion and success. He is clearly one of the best,” Rob Larson, Director of the Oregon Leadership Network.
“Matt Utterback is one of the best educators that I have ever worked with. He is thoughtful, articulate, and very passionate about the students and families he works for,” Darin Drill, superintendent of Cascade School District and President-Elect of OASE, said. “Matt finds ways to create new opportunities for every student to be successful and at the same time always keeps his eye on ensuring that North Clackamas School District continues to improve. He is above reproach and will always do his best work for the students he serves.”
Utterback has been married to his wife Nancy, a high school English teacher in North Clackamas Schools, for over 28 years. They have one daughter, Emma, who is also a graduate of the school district. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family, attending sporting events, and running.