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Darden SchoolU.Va.'s Darden School Receives its Largest Gift

Nov. 15, 1999 -- William H. Goodwin Jr., president of CCA Industries of Richmond, and his wife, Alice T. Goodwin, have pledged a $13.3 million unrestricted gift to the University of Virginia's Darden Graduate School of Business Administration, the largest single gift in the institution's 45-year history.

Combined with earlier anonymous gifts, the Goodwins' financial support to Darden exceeds $25 million, making them the school's largest donors and among the most generous contributors to the University of Virginia.

"We are deeply grateful for Bill and Alice's support, exemplified in their aspirations for the school and in their ability to inspire others," Dean Edward A. Snyder said. "Darden facilities and technology are now world class providing us with an important competitive edge."

It was Goodwin, as chairman of the school's trustees in the early '90s, who set Darden on its modernization course. At his urging, the school abandoned plans for a modest renovation of its old building and launched planning and construction of the Darden Grounds, an ensemble of state-of-the-art facilities designed in the Jeffersonian style.

"These facilities would not exist today without Bill Goodwin's leadership, vision and generosity," Snyder said. "This latest gift will make it possible for Darden to maintain its competitive edge in facilities and technology, to further enhance its MBA programs and to expand its relationships with cutting-edge businesses."

Goodwin's funding plan for the expansion was trail-blazing. It was the first modern example of a Virginia public university financing new facilities entirely through private sources, allowing for greater design creativity and efficiency without adding to the tax burden of state residents. This approach has since been adopted by other institutions across the Commonwealth and will be repeated by Darden when construction of Phase II begins this summer.

Goodwin lives by the advice he gives to Darden MBAs during presentations at the school: tell the truth, live a good and moral life, and give something back. "Alice and I believe in sharing our time and financial resources to help others," he said.

"At Darden, I was fortunate to meet a great group of students and to have benefited from an energetic and caring faculty," Goodwin said. "Dean Charles Abbott and Professor Paul Hammaker were outstanding mentors. They helped provide the inspiration that enabled me to have a wonderful family and a challenging and rewarding career."

The Goodwins' eldest son, Hunter, and their son-in-law, Robert Hardie, are also Darden graduates. "We appreciate what Darden has done for our family and want to enhance what it can do for others," Goodwin said.

University of Virginia President John T. Casteen III describes Goodwin as "a moving force in Darden's evolution. He has seized opportunities for greatness and has helped the school realize innovative changes. We are deeply grateful for what he has meant to Darden and to the University over many years," Casteen said.

Goodwin received a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 1962. He later served as an U.S. Army Ordinance Officer in Germany, and in 1966 received his MBA from Darden. In 1971, Goodwin founded CCA Industries, and entered the computer leasing business. He later added the AMF Companies, the Jefferson Hotel in Richmond, Pompanette Inc., Bomar Inc., Ben Hogan Co., Playmaster and the Kiawah Island Resort in South Carolina to his holdings.

Goodwin served on the Darden Foundation's Board of Trustees from 1986-95 and was chairman from 1990-92. He was the first recipient of Darden's Charles C. Abbott Award and was elected to the Raven Society in 1999. He has served on the University's Board of Visitors since 1996.

Alice Goodwin attended Mary Baldwin College and received a bachelor's degree in medical technology from the Medical College of Virginia in 1966. A long-time community leader, Alice Goodwin is a member of the Board of Trustees for The Virginia Home, a not-for-profit organization that cares for Virginians with physical disabilities, a member and past president of the Three Chopt Garden Club, a member of the steering committee for the Richmond Alumni Chapter of Mary Baldwin College and, with her husband, she co-chairs the capital campaign for the Robert E. Lee Council, Boy Scouts of America.

The Goodwins' gift brings the Darden Campaign total to more than $130 million.

To arrange a telephone interview with William Goodwin, who is traveling, call Phil Giaramita, Darden director of public relations, at (804) 924-3220.

Contact: Phil Giaramita, (804) 924-3220

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: please contact the Office of University Relations at (804) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (804) 924-7550.
SOURCE: U.Va. News Services


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