East Georgia State College recently held a celebration for Dr. Tim Goodman, Vice President for Academic Affairs, who will be retiring at the end of this semester. On April 8, Dr. Goodman’s family and friends, as well as the EGSC family, joined together for a reception at the EGSC Gymnasium to celebrate Dr. Goodman’s career. He joined EGSC, then East Georgia College, as Vice President of Academic Affairs in 2000. He also taught chemistry at EGSC during his time there.
Dr. Goodman began his career in higher education as a lecturer in chemistry at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville in September of 1973. He never lost his teaching roots, continuing as a professor even as he moved into administration in 1978 when he took the position of Acting Coordinator of Student Services, Admissions and Records at Bainbridge College. He joined Waycross College as the Chair of the Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics in September of 1978 and remained at Waycross College until he moved to East Georgia College in July of 2000.
Never one to keep still, in addition to his duties as Vice President for Academic Affairs and a professor of Chemistry, Dr. Goodman also served on numerous committees, published papers, participated in conferences, and even ran marathons. He is also an active member of the Kiwanis Club of Swainsboro and served as Pine Tree Festival Committee Chairman in 2006. He is also active in the Boy Scouts of America, serving at the unit, district and council level since 1986.
“You really don’t know how much I appreciate you and all you do. Everyone talks about me and all the work I do and how early I come in in the morning,” said Dr. Goodman at his retirement reception. “My dad always told me that I needed to get there ‘two hours before the smart people get there.’ I’m not sure how to take that.”
“I really don’t know if I would be here without my family. A lot of what I do is because of them. I worked with Scouts because my son wanted to be involved. I worked with the Academic Booster Club in Waycross because my daughter was interested in that,” he continued. “It has been a good 44 years!”
“You cannot do anything more important than educate people. You can’t do anything better than that,” he said, before going on to recognize four presidents who have allowed him to do what he loved to do.
“It has been almost a minor miracle that I have survived four presidents,” he continued. “Usually the first thing that happens when a new president comes in is they look at the VPAA and you realize quickly that sometimes you’re on the way out. Most VPAAs last five years. I’ve been here almost 17. A minor miracle,” he said with a smile.
“I have been blessed with a phenomenal group of people to work with. Every one of y’all make me look good. Everything Dr. Boehmer was talking about [in his introduction] I did not do myself. It is because we have strong staff. That’s the reason we do all this good stuff. All of you help me look good,” he said. “I thank each and every one of you for that. If I have been successful in my higher education career, it is because of you, and I really appreciate it.”
“It has been a phenomenal 17 years. You can see the growth and everything the college has done,” he said. “I’ve been in this business for 44 years. It doesn’t seem like it has been that long. It has been a good run. It started off as a marathon, and now it is a sprint, and much, much, much has changed in 44 years. It is now time to let the younger folks come in and take over.”
“I can’t think of anything that could have been better. No one could have asked for anything more,” he said in conclusion.
EGSC President Bob Boehmer then presented Dr. Goodman with an EGSC green and gold tie adorned with 17 pins—one for each year of his service to the school. He also presented him with a gift from the EGSC faculty and staff—a new iPad, which Dr. Goodman joked would replace the one that died in a long meeting the previous day.
Dr. Goodman will speak at the Spring Commencement Ceremony on May 5, 2017 at 7 p.m. in the EGSC Gymnasium. He will officially retire at the end of June.