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Linda Gooden

Linda Gooden

University of Maryland Board of Regents

Linda Gooden

Linda Gooden

Linda Gooden is very fond of the Nelson Mandela quote “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

The retired executive vice president of Lockheed Martin’s Information Systems & Global Solutions and officer of the Lockheed Martin Corp. believes education allows people to change their their status in life. “We need to make sure as many children as possible have access to a good quality education,” she said.

Appointed to the University System of Maryland Board of Regents in 2009, Gooden was named chair in November during a time of turmoil following the investigation into the death of a University of Maryland football player during practice in spring 2018.

Under Gooden’s leadership, the 17-member board is now aiming its attention on three areas: refocusing the group on getting back to the basics of board governance, awaiting the results of an independent review by an outside organization expected in April or May and moving toward a more transparent body where more open sessions will take place.

With a passion for education, Gooden most enjoys meeting with students to see their energy, enthusiasm and understanding the outcomes of what the benefits will be when they complete their educations and move into society and become contributing members.

Gooden is also on the board of directors for General Motors, The Home Depot Inc., WGL Holdings Inc. and ADP Inc. “I feel I have something to contribute,” she said.

This is a winner profile from The Daily Record's 2019 Influential Marylanders awards.

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