Jimmy Goodson named as Coastal Bend College Interim President

Coastal Bend College (CBC) Board of Trustees announced recently that Dr. Jimmy Goodson was selected to serve as CBC Interim President. The announcement came at the end of a special board meeting that included a lengthy closed session.

Dr. Jimmy Goodson, CBC Interim President

Dr. Jimmy Goodson, CBC Interim President

Goodson is former president of Victoria College, where he served for 19 years and retired in 2008. He is also past president of Southwest Texas Junior College in Uvalde, where he served from 1982 to 1989. He was also vice president, dean of instructional services and taught history and government during his 21-year tenure.

Goodson holds a Doctor of Education Degree from Texas A&M University – Commerce and a Master of Arts Degree from Sam Houston State University, where he also earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree. He is a longtime educator.

“One of the things that appeals to us about Dr. Goodson is his experience with two colleges similar in size to our own,” said Paul Jaure, CBC Board Chairman. “He brings a lot of experience and is familiar with building a good, successful foundation. That is important to us right now.”

Goodson is a civic leader in Victoria and serves on two college governing boards. He serves in leadership roles on committees within Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and Texas Association of Community Colleges. He has served as a board member for Victoria Chamber of Commerce, Victoria Economic Development Board, and DeTar Hospital in Victoria. Goodson was named Victoria Rotary Club Distinguished Citizen in 2008.

Goodson is an avid gardener and enjoys reading and travelling. He and his wife, Michelle, reside in Victoria. They have two daughters – Kristen Clark and Meredith Hairell, and four grandchildren – Kaitlyn and Haleigh Clark, and Kelly and Zane Hairell.  

“Dr. Goodson will come in part-time over the next few weeks and take over full-time as interim president in January 2012,” said CBC President Dr. Thomas Baynum. “We are planning a transition convocation to give faculty and staff an opportunity to get to know him and to ease the changeover.”  

Baynum accepted a job at Black Hawk College in Moline, Ill. earlier this semester. He will take over as college president there in January.

Baynum explained that the board’s plan is for Goodson to serve as interim until a new college president is hired. The goal is to have that wrapped up by the end of the spring semester.

CBC Board of Trustees contracted with the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT), a Washington D.C.-based organization with expertise in selecting college chancellors and presidents. ACCT has completed successful searches across the country, including, in Texas, College of the Mainland (Texas City) and Lone Star College System Tomball College (Tomball).

 “We were impressed with the options available to us through ACCT,” Jaure said. “We think they will be a good fit for this search.”

 The college board of trustees will begin working with ACCT in the coming weeks. More information about the presidential search will be published as it becomes available. For more about Coastal Bend College, please contact Adrian Jackson, CBC Public Relations Officer at (361) 354-2258 or jackson@coastalbend.edu.

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