Goodwin Presidency Highlights | 1998 to 2016


  • More than doubled, from 2,040 in 1998 to 4,235 in 2015
  • Major strategic growth into graduate, online and nontraditional adult student markets; now more than half the student body

Programmatic growth

  • Rose from 49 programs in 1998 to 64 in 2015
  • Academic reorganization into six schools, providing for stronger disciplinary connections of faculty and students

Academic strength

  • Major accreditations in 2002 and 2012
  • Four Fulbright Scholars among faculty
  • US News "best regional university" ranking
  • Money magazine "best colleges" ranking
  • Study-abroad programs up from three in 1998 to 10 in 2015

Catholic identity

  • Creation of the Braegelman Program in Catholic Studies
  • Creation of the Oreck-Alpern Interreligious Forum
  • Creation of the associate vice presidency for Mission Integration
  • Creation of the Dignitas first-year program, which introduces students to Benedictine values, the Catholic intellectual tradition, and Catholic social teaching
  • Worked with Association of Benedictine Colleges and Universities to develop a program on Catholic and Benedictine identity for senior leaders at Benedictine colleges and universities


  • Increased proportions of students and employees who are people of color
  • Creation of a cabinet-level Chief Diversity Officer position in 2013
  • Multicultural Leadership Student Orientation won the 2012 Touchstone Award of the Duluth-Superior Area Community Foundation


  • Budget more than doubled, from $34 million in 1998 to $73 million in 2015
  • Positive net incomes for 15 consecutive years
  • Endowment rose from $15 million in 1998 to $70 million in 2015

Capital campaigns

  • Imagine Tomorrow – raised $35 million for scholarships, endowment, and facilities
  • The Science Initiative – funded a $16 million expansion to the Science Center, facilitating 40,000 square feet of new laboratories, classrooms, offices and Benedictine Commons
  • The Campaign for the Second Century – in first year of a projected seven-year effort with an initial working goal of raising $50 million for scholarships and endowment, a graduate health sciences campus, and upgrading iconic campus buildings


  • Campuses
    • Accelerated adult degree completion and graduate program expansions in St. Cloud, St. Paul, Rochester
    • Arizona
  • Buildings
    • Mars Lakeview Arena, developed with Marshall School
    • Burns Wellness Commons plus academic addition
    • Cedar, Kerst and Scanlon residence halls
    • Major expansion of Science Center (see above)


  • Programs rose from 12 in 1998 to 22 in 2015
  • Successfully promoted strategic enrollment goals through added programs such as football and women's ice hockey
  • Facilities
    • Mars Lakeview Arena (see above)
    • Soccer/football practice field turfed
    • Burns Wellness Commons (see above)