(NASHVILLE, TN), April 20, 2012 – Roane State Community College President, Dr. Gary Goff, was honored by the Tennessee General Assembly recently as State Senator Ken Yager (R-Harriman) presented him with a congratulatory resolution. Yager was joined at the presentation in the Senate Chamber in Nashville by Senators Randy McNally (R-Oak Ridge) and Charlotte Burks (D-Monterey) and Representatives Kelly Keisling (R-Byrdstown), Julia Hurley (R-Lenoir City), John Ragan (Oak Ridge), John Mark Windle (D-Livingston) and Dennis Powers (LaFollette). Dr. Goff recently announced he will retire from Roane State on October 31.
“Without a doubt, Dr. Gary Goff has been one of the best Presidents ever to have served Roane State,” said Senator Yager, prime sponsor of the resolution. “Dr. Goff’s vision and his extraordinary motivational skills have resulted in unprecedented growth, both in enrollment and academically. Under his leadership the college has earned several distinctions, including being ranked number six nationally for producing technicians and technology degrees, being ranked third statewide for producing registered nurses and ranking 27th among the nation’s top 500 community colleges.”
“Dr. Goff has served his country ably,” said Senator McNally. “He has served this state and most importantly to us, he has served his community. We appreciate his service and wish him well in his retirement.”
Senate Joint Resolution 695 states “WHEREAS, his career in higher education followed his more than thirty years of valorous service to these United States as a proud member of the Army Rangers; and WHEREAS, Dr. Goff exemplifies the spirit and allegiance community that are characteristic of a true Tennessean; and WHEREAS, throughout his estimable career, Dr. Gary Goff has demonstrated the utmost professionalism, ability, and integrity, winning the unbridled respect and admiration of his colleagues; now, therefore, we extend to Dr. Gary Goff our heartfelt wishes for a happy and fulfilling retirement and every continued success in his future endeavors.”
During Dr. Goff’s seven-year tenure, the college developed several partnerships, including those cultivated with the Advanced Materials and Training Education Center, the Cumberland Incubator, and the America’s Veterans to Tennessee
Engineers Program. The college also partnered with the City of Harriman to create the Channel 15 television station and to renovate the historic Princess Theater; and finalized plans to expand Roane State’s Oak Ridge campus.
“On behalf of the 13,000 student graduates that Roane State has put into the workplace in Tennessee and the faculty and staff, I accept this gracious honor with tremendous humility,” said Dr. Goff. “If it wasn’t for our students, our faculty and staff who carry me on their shoulders day in and day out, they have made this award possible. I thank them for it and I thank the Senate and the House for this unbelievable honor.”