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Linda R. Gooden

Chair
University System of Maryland Board of Regents

Linda R. Gooden has helped shape top leadership for the state’s universities on the board that oversees most of the state’s public universities. Gooden, a retired executive at Lockheed Martin Information Systems & Global Services, first joined the University System of Maryland Board of Regents in 2009.

Gooden guided a shift to live video streaming meetings and providing public comment opportunities.

Gooden took over the board in 2018 in the wake of the death of University of Maryland football player Jordan McNair. McNair, a 19-year-old offensive lineman, died on the field during practice in spring 2018.

Following his death, an oversight law expanded the Board of Regents by four members to increase oversight and Gooden supported the reform measures.

“Our goal as a board is to govern in a manner that affords every student an opportunity for a safe, affordable and quality education experience,” she said a statement in 2018. “Under my leadership, this board will accomplish that goal by recommitting to the principle of shared governance.”

Since then, she has led the way as the board conduct searches and selected key university leaders, such as Dr. Jay Perman, chancellor of University System of Maryland in 2019 and President Darryll Pines at University of Maryland and President Anthony Jenkins at Coppin State University in 2020.

Gooden is a champion for math, science and technology education.

“We need to make sure as many children as possible have access to a good quality education,” she told The Daily Record in 2019, when she was honored as an Influential Marylander.

She earned her bachelor’s degree in Computer Technology from Youngstown State University and a bachelor’s in Business Administration and MBA from the University of Maryland University College, now known as University of Maryland Global Campus.

Gooden has served on the board of directors for General Motors, Home Depot, WGL and ADP Inc.

“We need to make sure as many children as possible have access to a good quality education.”

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