Robert Kerr Goodwin was born on November 15, 1948 in Tulsa,
Oklahoma. His mother was a teacher and social worker and his
father was a business owner and attorney. At the age of 15,
Goodwin became a licensed preacher and planned to pursue a
career in the ministry. In 1966 he earned his high school
diploma from Bishop Kelley Catholic School where he worked
on the school paper, was a member of the student government,
year book and chess clubs and was the first Black student
From 1966 until 1970, Goodwin attended Oral Roberts
University, where he earned his bachelor's of arts degree.
He was a member of the student ministering team and traveled
around the world with Oral Roberts preaching. In 1973,
Goodwin earned his master's degree in philosophy from San
Francisco Theological Seminary.
Upon completing his master's degree, Goodwin was summoned
back to Tulsa by his father to run the family owned
newspaper, The Oklahoma Eagle. He operated the paper until
1981, and during his tenure he increased the readership and
converted the printing to a more efficient, cost effective
process. Between 1981 and 1985, he sold encyclopedias in
Texas, selling a million dollars worth in a five-year
period. From 1985 until 1989, Goodwin worked as a printing
consultant, lobbyist, director of public affairs and
associate vice president for university relations at Prairie
View and Texas A&M Universities. While working at Texas A&M,
Goodwin led the "Democrats for Bush" campaign. His
activities caught the attention of the Bush Administration
and he was offered a position with the Department of
Education working on the White House Initiative on
Historically Black Colleges, a position he held from 1989
until 1992. In 1992, he was hired as the executive vice
president of the Points of Light Foundation, an organization
responsible for assisting and encouraging citizens to engage
in volunteer service. Goodwin currently serves as President
and CEO of the organization.
Goodwin had received numerous awards and honors for his
civic and community achievements.
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Books:Points of Light, June 2006