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College Leadership

We have great leadership that allows us to think big and dream big. We're reaching for more as an institution and we're excited to see where that goes. 

Dr. Jean Goodnow at Commencement 

Delta College president, 2005 - present

Jean Goodnow, Ph.D.


  • Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Higher Education Administration - University of Iowa
  • Master of Arts Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling - University of Iowa
  • Bachelor of Arts in Sociology - University of Iowa
  • Completed post-graduate study at Harvard University

Leadership - National

  • Board Member of the League for Innovation in the Community College, Board Chair in 2014
  • Steering Committee of the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment
  • Member of the STEM Higher Education Council
  • Previously served on the Board of the American Association of Community Colleges and on its Sustainability Task Force and Commission on Diversity, Inclusion & Equity

Leadership - Regional and Local

  • Michigan Community College Association, serving as past Treasurer
  • Bay Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors
  • Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance Board of Directors
  • Field Neurosciences Institute Board of Directors


  • 29th annual ATHENA Award presented by the Bay Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Second Nature's 1st Annual Climate Leadership Award for Outstanding Individual Climate Leadership
  • Shirley Gordon Phi Theta Kappa National Award
  • Community College Alliance Leadership Award
  • Spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Award from the Delta College Black Faculty & Staff Association
  • Governance Award - Delta College's chapter of the American Association of University Professors

Dr. Goodnow is a frequent presenter at regional and national conferences on topics ranging from leadership and student success to civility and sustainability.

Dr. Jean Goodnow

"I believe in striving for excellence on a personal, professional and institutional level. Through continuous focus on student success by Delta faculty and staff, we’ve been recognized multiple times as a 'Top 150' college by the Aspen Institute, which demonstrates that Delta College is indeed one of America’s leading community colleges.”

Dr. Jean Goodnow
Delta College president