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“Dr. Goodman-Malamuth strengthened GSU’s role as a Public Square,” said President Elaine P. Maimon. “He sustained GSU’s founding principle of innovation, while imposing necessary constraints and developing sound educational practices.”
Dr. Goodman-Malamuth was an early supporter of GSU’s Center for Performing Arts, a cultural jewel in the Chicago Southland. He commissioned several works of art for the nationally-renowned Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park. He helped establish the GSU Foundation, the university’s fund-raising arm. Dr. Goodman-Malamuth expanded GSU’s use of communications technology, especially through the use of telecourses that were transmitted all around the United States.
“He was the president who took the most steps to move GSU into the mainstream of higher education,” said Dr. David Curtis, former university provost, who worked as an administrator with Dr. Goodman-Malamuth for many years. “When he arrived on campus, he saw that changes were needed.” It took a few years until all the changes were in effect, Curtis said, but Dr. Goodman-Malamuth was a “constant presence,” who made sure GSU was headed in the right direction.
“I felt that here was a place that had a tremendously bright future,” Dr. Goodman-Malamuth said about GSU in 1991. “I decided to come here to see if I couldn’t in some way help move (GSU) along with the faculty and staff … to help the university attain some of its aspirations.”
In 2009, Dr. Goodman-Malamuth returned to GSU for the university’s 40th anniversary celebration, taking part in a panel discussion on the university’s past and future.