Steve Goodwin

Deputy Chancellor and Chief Planning Officer

A native of Beverly, Massachusetts, Steve Goodwin received his BS in zoology from the University of Maine, his MS in environmental science from the University of Virginia, and his PhD in bacteriology from the University of Wisconsin. Joining the UMass Amherst Department of Microbiology in 1986, his research has ranged across such diverse topics as microbial synthesis and degradation of biopolymers, anaerobic digestion and bioremediation, bioenergetics of microbial growth in extreme environments, and microbiology and redox chemistry in groundwater.


Goodwin served for 10 years as dean of the College of Natural Sciences (CNS) and one of its forerunners, the College of Natural Resources and the Environment (NRE). Goodwin oversaw the formation of CNS, and during his tenure, undergraduate enrollment in the college 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.

In 2017, he stepped down as dean of CNS and was appointed deputy chancellor. In this role, Goodwin facilitates the university’s community-based engagement activities throughout the commonwealth, serves as the chancellor’s representative for strategic planning to ensure that space allocation and capital investment decisions align with campus priorities, and is responsible for oversight of the Chancellor’s Sustainability Advisory Committee.