Ahmed Kamel Elbadry
After nearly four years of leading the Athletics Department, Charles Gordon has decided to conclude his time here at AUC as Director of Athletics earlier this month, in addition to ending his time in Egypt as he returns to the United States to pursue a fresh challenge in his career.
Gordon has been with the university since February 2008; however once a university from New Jersey came calling, there was only one outcome in his mind, as a return to his homeland was too good to turn down. He is now the Director of Athletics at Ramapo College with immediate effect.
Gordon successfully led the Athletics Department to many honors during his stay at AUC, where he guided a tricky transition from the old campus to the new one, and was responsible for making sure the Sports Center had all the necessary high quality facilities that the AUC community expected.
Gordon has also overseen many team victories, as teams such as the women’s basketball team have been dominant in their respective sport with many tournament victories. Furthermore, Gordon was able to introduce many new sports into the university, in particular rugby, which has proven to be a huge success with the AUC community.
Looking back at his time in Egypt, Gordon explicated the adventure he and his wife Laura had over the past few years, as his wife also worked at AUC in the University Information Systems.
“Laura and I had a wonderful time in Egypt and at AUC. We were warmly received when we arrived, and felt that same attitude every day we were in Egypt. We enjoyed ‘seeing the sights’ in Egypt and throughout Europe. We will take with us wonderful pictures and personal experiences,” Gordon explains.
The departure of Gordon means that Mohamed Taher, Associate Director of Athletics, will take over the top position for the time being. Taher has been at AUC much longer than Gordon, so he was seen as the best alternative to adequately fill the position.
Gordon gave his evaluation of how things will look under Taher, as well as clarifying what he achieved from his experience here, from which he hopes to bolster his career with what he learnt.
“Well, I learnt patience! Things (here) move at a different pace, and that was initially a bit hard to get used to. However my staff at the Sports Center helped me understand the culture. We had many good times and laughed a lot. We worked hard and had fun at the same time. Mohamed Taher and Mohamed Arafa, in particular, helped me transition from the US to Egypt. I am sure the Sports Center will be in good hands with Mohamed Taher as the Director of Athletics. I know the students will have great success and continue to represent AUC well across the region,” Gordon reflects.