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Linda Gooden

Chair, Board of Regents
University System of Mary land

First appointed to the University System of Mary- land Board of Regents in 2009, Linda Gooden has been the chairperson since 20018.

She is a former executive vice president of Lock- heed Martin Information Systems & Global Services and officer of the of the Lockheed Martin Corporation.

Gooden earned her bachelor’s degree in business and administration and her MBA from the University of Maryland University College, now University of Maryland Global Campus.

Among numerous awards and honors, she has been named to the Maryland Business Hall of Fame.

What makes you excited about your job?

As chair of the USM Board of Regents, I have a direct impact on expanding educational opportunities to young people. I get to meet with students, share my insight and learn about their experiences and expectations. Making sure higher education opportunities — and, by extension, economic opportunities — are available is vital to the success of the next generation and the success of our state and country. On a personal note, as a Black woman in STEM, I know firsthand the challenges that confront “non-traditional” STEM students.

What is the biggest challenge your organization now faces?

The USM is a national leader in providing effective, high-quality online learning. But face- to-face, in person instruction remains the widely preferred model. And so, finding the best way for campuses to provide an authentic educational experience for students — lively discussions, engaging research and frequent interactions — while protecting health and safety is our biggest challenge.