Robert (Bob) K. Goodwin

2020 Lifetime Achievement Award

ROBERT (BOB) K. GOODWIN (1948- ) shares a long family history of service in journalism, community leadership, and civil rights. As the fourth of his family to receive recognition from the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame, Robert (Bob) Kerr Goodwin continues that legacy. Bob Goodwin stopped short of earning a doctorate to take over his family’s newspaper, The Oklahoma Eagle, where he became an award-winning columnist and helped the newspaper staff receive state and national awards. President George H.W. Bush later named Goodwin the executive director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities, a role Goodwin filled for two years. He later joined Points of Light, an international nonprofit, non-partisan organization dedicated to solving serious social problems through encouraging voluntary service. In his 15 years there, 12 as CEO, he was instrumental in several successful initiatives, including the President’s Summit for America’s Future. Goodwin has received numerous awards for his work, including four honorary doctorate degrees. He was named one of the 50 most influential leaders in the nonprofit sector by The NonProfit Times nine years in a row.

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