SALEM, Va. - It is with great pleasure and gratitude that Roanoke College announces the establishment of The Goode - Pasfield Center for Learning & Teaching, which is made possible through a generous gift from David R. and Susan Goode of Norfolk, Virginia. The Center will serve as a thriving campus resource that offers writing support, tutoring services, academic enhancement services and other much needed support for students. The Center also will serve as a well-equipped resource to enhance faculty members' teaching and pedagogical skills.
"This gift will make a real difference in students' learning experience at Roanoke College and will contribute significantly to their success," said Roanoke President Sabine O'Hara.
The Center's new space within the Fintel Library will be renovated over the summer, and the creation of the Goode - Pasfield Center Endowment will sustain and enhance the student mentoring, learning support services, and commitment to outstanding teaching for which Roanoke College is well known.
The Goodes established this gift in memory of David's father, Otto Goode, a member of the Roanoke College class of 1931. Otto Goode grew up in a small coal-mining town in Wyoming County, West Virginia, and never imagined that he would have the opportunity to attend college. He was a well-known Vinton business and civic leader who founded the Vinton Dogwood Festival. The gift also honors David's sister, Martha Elizabeth Goode Pasfield, and her husband, Robert Pasfield, both of whom graduated from Roanoke College in 1967.
"Because Roanoke College has influenced the lives of all our family, it is very fitting that a center focused on learning and teaching be established to honor Bob, Martha and my father," David Goode said.
"Roanoke College is grateful for the generosity and confidence shown by this gift of David and Susan Goode," O'Hara said, "and we are committed to steward their gift with care and admiration for the Goode family."
David R. Goode retired earlier this year as Chairman, President, and CEO of Norfolk Southern Corporation. He has held directorships at Caterpillar Inc., Delta Air Lines, Inc., Georgia-Pacific Corporation, Norfolk Southern Railway, and Texas Instruments Incorporated. Mr. Goode is a graduate of Duke University and Harvard Law School.
Roanoke College, the country's second-oldest Lutheran-related college, is an independent, co-educational, four-year liberal arts college. Roanoke is one of just 276 colleges nationwide with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest and most prestigious honor society. The Princeton Review names Roanoke as one of the "best in the Southeast." Roanoke's 1,970 students represent 40 states across the U.S. and 26 foreign countries.
For additional information, call the Roanoke College Public Relations Office at (540) 375-2282.