William F. Goodling

Former U.S. Representative and Chairman, Goodling Institute for Research in Family Literacy, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania, M.Ed., Western Maryland College
Nominee:  Sharon K. Darling

Bill Goodling’s concern for and commitment to education is well known. His background as a teacher, school principal, and superintendent of schools provided a strong foundation for his work in Congress. Congressman Bill, known as the “Father of Even Start,” served Pennsylvania’s 19th Congressional district, including Adams, Cumberland and York Counties, for 26 years. Although he served on several committees in Congress, he is most remembered for his work as Chairman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. Prior to his retirement from Congress, he was instrumental in obtaining a one-time federal appropriation to establish the Goodling Institute for Research in Family Literacy in the College of Education at Penn State. Since his retirement from Congress, he has taken on new roles as Chairman of the Goodling Institute’s Board of Advisors and as Senior Advisor to Sagamore Associates (a federal affairs consulting group in Washington, DC). Recently, Mr. Goodling spent countless hours urging legislators to support Even Start funding. He is looking forward to presenting Best Practice Awards to selected family literacy programs during the PAACE Midwinter Adult Education Conference in February.

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