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
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
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
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
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."
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.
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.
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."
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,"
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.
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.
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
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.
Goodwins' gift brings the Darden Campaign total to more than
arrange a telephone interview with William Goodwin, who is traveling,
call Phil Giaramita, Darden director of public relations, at (804)
Phil Giaramita, (804) 924-3220