Steve Goodwin, former dean of the College of Natural Sciences, has been appointed deputy chancellor by Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy, effective Nov. 12.
Goodwin’s appointment fills the post previously held by Robert Feldman, who retired in June. In his new role, Goodwin will assist the chancellor in the administration of the campus and will have principal responsibility for oversight of the Chancellor’s Sustainability Advisory Committee and its initiatives.
Working with the provost, the academic colleges and the vice chancellor for research and engagement, he will also facilitate the university’s community-based engagement activities throughout the commonwealth, but particularly in western Massachusetts. Goodwin will also serve as the chancellor’s representative in space and facilities planning and management discussions with appropriate officials from the Provost’s Office and the vice chancellors for administration and finance, student affairs and campus life, and research and engagement. He is charged with ensuring that space allocation and capital investment decisions align with campus strategic priorities.
Goodwin will oversee the Office of Institutional Research and also coordinate ongoing strategic planning and assessment work currently led by Associate Chancellor and Chief Planning Officer Bryan Harvey, who is retiring at the end of December.
“Through his many years of service as a dean and a faculty member, Steve Goodwin has developed a deep understanding of the campus and its culture,” Subbaswamy said. “I am delighted that our campus can draw upon his institutional knowledge and administrative and leadership skills as we continue to pursue a place among the top echelon of public universities in the nation.”
Goodwin said, “I am very excited to be taking on this new role. Serving as the dean of the College of Natural Sciences was a very challenging and satisfying opportunity. I expect this new job to be equally challenging. I especially look forward to working with the chancellor’s team and all of the schools and colleges to help meet the ambitious goals the campus has set for itself in the coming years.”
Goodwin stepped down last spring after 10 years as dean of the College of Natural Sciences and one of its forerunners, the College of Natural Resources and the Environment (NRE). Prior to his appointment as dean of NRE, Goodwin served five years as associate dean of the college. He has been a member of the microbiology department since 1986.
As dean, Goodwin oversaw the formation of CNS, a realignment of academic departments and programs in the former colleges of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and Natural Resources and the Environment as well as the department of psychological and brain sciences. During his tenure at CNS, undergraduate enrollment grew from less than 3,000 to more than 7,000. Goodwin also participated in the creation of the College of Information and Computer Sciences and the School of Earth and Sustainability. He was also a key supporter of programs such as Eureka! with Girls Inc. in Holyoke and the Integrated Concentration in Science.
He currently chairs the Northeastern Regional Association of State Agricultural Experiment Station Directors and served on the executive committee of the Northeast Regional Aquaculture Center from 2003-05. Locally, he serves on the board of directors of Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture and the oversight board of the New England Small Farm Institute.