As the President of Roane State Community College, Dr. Goff was responsible for nine campuses in East Tennessee with over 12,000 credit students and over 11,500 non-credit students attending classes annually, provided leadership for over 800 employees, and managed a $61 million dollar annual budget during his seven years as President. During his tenure, Roane State Community College was ranked #27 of America’s Best Community Colleges by and was the top-ranked community college in Tennessee. Roane State was also ranked #6 nationally for producing Technician or Technology Degrees by Community College Week, ranked #3 statewide for producing Registered Nurses needed in Tennessee by both public and private institutions, ranked #1 for Tennessee’s public colleges/universities for performance funding, and ranked #2 in job placement for Tennessee’s public colleges/universities. Roane State’s first-time pass rate on State and National licensure exams was 98%. Ranked #2 in graduation rate for Tennessee’s community colleges. Roane State exceeded State and National Benchmarks on the Community College Survey of Student Engagement. Roane State is one of America’s Top G.I. Friendly Colleges. Dr. Goff raised over $12.6 million in only seven years as the chief fund-raiser for the College. He supervised the building of two campuses with private donations. During his presidency, Roane State was awarded 41 grants totaling over $26.4 million. As President of Roane State Community College, Dr. Goff was selected by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslim to join his cabinet as the Commissioner of Labor and Workforce Development, but he respectfully declined the Governor’s invitation to serve in his cabinet due to his love of Roane State. Upon his retirement from Roane State, he was honored with the title of President Emeritus of Roane State Community College.

EdD Education Leadership, University of South Florida, 2004
MBA Management, Missouri State University, 1976
BS, History & Political Science, Middle Tennessee State University, 1969

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  • Higher Education