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Whitman launches new Goodman Center for Leadership with guest lecture by food retail CEO

September 27, 2010

Amy Schmitz
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On Monday, Oct. 4, the Whitman School of Management will hold an inaugural event to celebrate the opening the Goodman Leadership Center, which will include guest speaker John MacDougall, president and CEO of Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes.

macdougallThe event will begin at 4 p.m. in the Lender Auditorium, located on the concourse level of the Whitman School building. MacDougall will also spend the afternoon with a panel of Whitman student leaders, sharing his principles of employee development and leadership.

Under the direction of MacDougall, who founded the company in 1980, Nice N Easy has grown to more than 80 locations across the state of New York and has been heralded as a leader in the foodservice industry. In 2009, Nice N Easy was named Chain of the Year at the National Association of Convenience Stores trade show.

“The Goodman Leadership Center’s mission is to provide Whitman undergraduate students with opportunities to learn and practice core leadership skills,” says Don Cardarelli, assistant professor of management practice at Whitman and director of the Goodman Leadership Center. “Because of MacDougall’s demonstrated success in both leadership and entrepreneurship, he is an exemplary speaker for the launch of our new center. Whitman is honored to have him as a guest for this event.”

The Goodman Center will guide students to be more effective and productive, focusing on early career readiness; activities will be oriented around student preparation, practice and ethical awareness.

The Goodman Center is named in honor of former president and COO of Forest Labs, Ken Goodman ’70. Goodman helped transform Forest Labs into one of the fastest-growing drug and technology companies today. Goodman retired in 2006, but currently sits on the board of the company, as well as the boards of the Whitman School Advisory Council and Syracuse University Board of Trustees, where he chairs the budget committee.

The event is free and open to the public. Paid parking is available at the University Avenue Garage.

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