Updated: 4/21: CSUDH President ‘Thomas A. Parham sent a follow-up email Friday clarifying retiring Vice President of Administration and Finance Naomi Goodwin’s official title, and that she will continue to serve in that role until June 7. At that date, Ron Cooley will take over responsibilities of interim vice president of administration and finance until a new vice president’s tenure begins. This article has been changed to reflect those clarifications.
By Kelsey Reichmann
CSUDH President Thomas A. Parham Friday announced that Naomi Goodwin, who has served in the critical position of the university’s vice president of administration and finance since 2016 will retire in June.
In a campus-wide email sent Friday, Parham said that on April 22, Ron Coley will begin working with Goodwin on transitioning into interim vice president and will continue in that role until a new vice president begins.
Coley most recently served as vice chancellor of business and administrative services at UC Riverside. He also has experience working as the associate vice chancellor at UC Berkeley and served 20 years in the Marine Corps as an officer and pilot.
Goodwin and Coley will work together to “ensure a smooth transition and solid bridge to the appointment of a permanent VP of Administration and Finance, which is currently under recruitment,” according to the email.
Goodwin is also chief financial officer of the university and oversees a division that is the largest on campus., with a staff of 285. Departments as varied as University Police, Title IX Officer Elizabeth Schrock, facilities services and human resources fall within her purview, and her office also oversees the budget, all construction on the campus and payroll among many others.
According to her profile on LinkedIn, Goodwin was associate vice president of finance at Cal State Fullerton from 2007-2012, before becoming chief of staff to former CSUDH President Willie Hagan in June 2012. She has held the position of vice president of administration and finance since August 2016, according to that profile and the administration and finance division’s organizational chart.