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Goode named president/CEO of The Historic Trust

October 23, 2018

Gregory Goode, executive director of government relations at Indiana State University, has been named president and chief executive officer of the Historic Trust, a nonprofit organization based in Vancouver, Wash.

The Historic Trust has expanded beyond its initial mission of preserving and managing historic properties to spur other historic preservation initiatives including innovative educational programming and inspirational events using a historical context to advance civility in public affairs and new and more pragmatic approaches to the complex issues facing today's leaders.

Goode has served in his current role at Indiana State since 2012. He served in a similar position at the university from 2002 to 2007.

"I love Indiana State University. It transformed my life as a student in the 1990s, and to have the opportunity to serve two tours of duty, resulting in more than 11 years of service has been nothing short of amazing. Indiana State does so much for so many throughout the region and state in countless, often unheralded, ways," Goode said.

During the past six years, Goode has led efforts to secure funding for a variety of projects that have helped advance Indiana State's mission while also improving the Wabash Valley. He has helped procure more than $132 million in construction funding including a $64 million project, the largest in the institution's history, for the new College of Health and Human Services addition and renovation.

Goode also advocated for $4.7 million in funding to support Indiana State's commitment to first-generation college student success and helped lead the creation and sustainment of the Indiana Principal Leadership Institute (IPLI) at Indiana State. Goode has also assisted community entities such as Wabash Valley Art Spaces secure significant external funding for enhancing the quality of place in this region.

"I would first like to say how happy we are for Greg and his family as he moves into this prestigious position. We have been tremendously fortunate to have had him on our team, and his unwavering commitment and dedication to his alma mater have made a huge impact on our university and our community," said Dr. Deborah J. Curtis, president of Indiana State. "He will be greatly missed. On a personal level, I owe him a debt of gratitude for the guidance he has provided and for all he has done to introduce me to the state's leaders and policymakers."

Curtis is the third president Goode has served.

"I have worked for three tremendous presidents at ISU and each has touched my life. President Deborah Curtis is an amazing leader, and she is already making a tremendous impact. Advancing Indiana State around the state and in Washington, D.C., has been fulfilling and rewarding, and I have always strived to uplift and promote the Terre Haute community that I love and cherish," Goode said.Indiana's Commissioner of Higher Education Teresa Lubbers also praised Goode.

"Greg Goode is the consummate professional in every way -- smart, principled and visionary. The Historic Trust will be stronger and better because of his leadership as was Indiana State University. It has been a privilege for me -- on behalf of the Indiana Commission for Higher Education -- to partner with Greg, and we will miss his counsel even as we wish him the best in this new opportunity," said Lubbers.

Indiana Rep. Clyde Kersey (D-Terre Haute) worked with Goode on getting many capital projects for the university through the Indiana Legislature.

"The competition between ISU and the other state universities was very fierce, but under Greg's leadership, we were able to change the landscape at ISU," Kersey said. "Many of the buildings on ISU's campus are the result of Greg's leadership, buildings like the Student Recreation Center, the renovation of Stalker Hall, the Scott College of Business and the Bayh College of Education. Greg is an outstanding person and I appreciate his friendship and wish him well in his new position."

Goode said he is looking forward to returning to the Pacific Northwest where he previously served as chief of staff at Bastyr University from 2009 to 2012 and was the founder and director of the university's Center for Health Policy and Leadership in Seattle. From 1997 to 2002, he worked in Washington, D.C., for two members of the U.S. House of Representatives. He is a governor-appointee to the Midwest Higher Education Compact and the Western Indiana Regional Works Council.

He earned a bachelor's in political science and a master of arts in history from Indiana State and has completed post-graduate studies at the Catholic University of Washington. He is a Ph.D. candidate in public administration and policy at Virginia Tech.

"This next great adventure, to help lead the Historic Trust, an amazing nonprofit organization, in building statewide and national leadership platforms speaks to my heart and energizes me," Goode said.

Goode's last day at Indiana State will be Dec. 7.

Curtis said she will spend the next few weeks weighing options on filling Goode's position.


Photo: -- Greg Goode

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