About the Honoree
J. Michael Goodwin is the retired president and CEO at the Oregon State University Foundation. He is a nationally recognized leader in higher education fundraising and management, known for his ability to adapt business practices to nonprofit organizations. He has led three universities through their first comprehensive capital campaigns, including two with $1 billion goals. Under Mike’s leadership, Oregon State’s first campus-wide fundraising campaign raised more than $1.14 billion from 106,000 donors.
Mike’s involvement with CASE spans 30 years including serving on the CASE Board of Trustees as both treasurer and chair during the development of CASE’s bold and ambitious 2017-2021 strategic plan. He also co-chaired the CASE Global Governance Steering Committee, whose work led to sweeping changes in CASE’s governance structure to more effectively and efficiently serve its members.
“Mike’s legacy to OSU will most certainly not be the dollars raised during his tenure, but the program he put in place to fully institutionalize fundraising as a shared responsibility at our university,” said Shawn Scoville, president and CEO at the Oregon State University Foundation. “Still, fundraising success is just part of what sets Mike apart as a leader. He is at the forefront of efforts to counter growing skepticism about the value of higher education. He added commitment to advocacy to our strategic plan and was the driving force behind the creation of an independent 501(c]4 organization, The Beaver Caucus, which rallies alumni and friends to communicate directly to Oregon state policymakers.”
About the Award
The E. Burr Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award honors individuals who have made a significant and lasting impact on the field of institutional advancement through their professional accomplishments. The award is named in honor of E. Burr Gibson, longtime chairman and CEO of the consulting firm Marts & Lundy, which has supported the award with a generous contribution. Gibson, who received the CASE Liftetime Achievement Award in 2008, died in 2010.