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Linda Gooden

Daily Record Staff//April 28, 2023

Linda Gooden

By Daily Record Staff

//April 28, 2023


Higher Education Power ListLinda Gooden

Chair, Board of Regents, University System of Maryland

Appointed to the University System of Maryland‘s Board of Regents in July 2009, Linda Gooden has served as chair for four years.

Working in the aerospace and defense industry for nearly four decades, she is retired as the executive vice president of Lockheed Martin’s Information Systems & Global Solutions (IS&GS) business area and an officer of the Bethesda-based Lockheed Martin Corporation.

Gooden has served on a number of executive boards including the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) International,  the American Heart Association, General Motors, Home Depot and Washington Gas. In 2010, President Barack Obama appointed her to the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee (NSTAC).

What is the biggest challenge facing higher education?

In my years on the USM Board of Regents, it’s become increasingly clear that creating equitable opportunities is so important. The biggest challenge we face is ensuring that every student who wants a college degree has access to an affordable, quality, accessible education.

What is the most encouraging new development in higher education?

Sometimes, opportunity can arise from a difficult challenge. It was most encouraging to capture the lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic, when we were compelled to shift to remote learning to be able to rapidly address new models for providing education during a crisis and expanding access through hybrid learning.

What do you do to unwind?

I enjoy long walks, reading a good mystery or driving a fast car.

This profile is part of The Daily Record's Higher Education Power List for 2023. Information used in this profile was sourced from the honoree. See the full list at

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