Leigh B. Goodson, President and CEO

President Leigh B. Goodson, Ph.D.

Leigh B. Goodson, Ph.D.

President and CEO, Tulsa Community College

Leigh B. Goodson, Ph.D. was named the fourth president and chief executive officer of Tulsa Community College in May 2014.

A Tulsa native, Dr. Goodson has worked in higher education most of her professional career, and she previously served in numerous roles at Oklahoma State University.

Dr. Goodson has strong ties to education, having served previously as a university faculty member, university administrator and school board member for Tulsa Public Schools. She is passionate about student success.

Dr. Goodson earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Education Research and Evaluation from OSU, a Master of Science in Organizational Communication from Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kan., and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from OSU.

She serves on the board of directors for the YMCA of Greater Tulsa and the Oklahoma Innovation Institute. She is a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma class XXIII and Leadership Tulsa Class 35. She serves as chair of the Education Task Force for the Tulsa Regional Chamber One Voice initiative as well as on its Board of Directors. She has a special interest in creating a pipeline for students in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).

Dr. Goodson completed an Aspen Presidential Fellowship in 2016 and under her leadership, TCC was selected as one of 30 institutions nationwide to participate in the AACC Pathways Project. In 2019, she received the Fort Hays State University Alumni Achievement Award from her alma mater. The Journal Record recognized Goodson in 2020 as Oklahoma’s Most Admired CEO in the public category. In addition, later this year the publication will induct her into the Circle of Excellence for being honored three times as a 50 Making a Difference honoree at its annual Woman of the Year event.

Dr. Goodson, her husband, Mark, and two children live in Tulsa.