Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement and Chief of Staff to the Chancellor
Offices and Phone
Westville: Schwarz Hall (SWRZ) 141
Hammond: Lawshe (LAWS) 318
Accomplishments and Dedication
As vice chancellor, Goodnight is responsible for fundraising, community engagement, marketing, communications, career center and alumni engagement. She has prioritized a culture of collaboration across Institutional Advancement and with all PNW business units, leading to improvements in the university’s fundraising and marketing outcomes.
Under her leadership the university has redesigned its website, strengthened its distinctive Power Onward brand, and significantly increased digital marketing strategies to positively impact student enrollment and the PNW identity. PNW has had its most successful Purdue Northwest Day of Giving Campaigns the last three years, significantly increasing the number of gifts and the total amounts raised.
Goodnight previously served as associate vice chancellor of Student Affairs and Senior Dean of Students from 2013-2018. In this role she oversaw the reduction in student conduct cases by 40% in a three-year period. She initiated the creation and implementation of a bystander intervention program, training more than 1,500 students in three years, and SafeZone, an LGBTQI Ally program.
Distinguishing her work in scholarship and teaching, Goodnight has been honored with multiple awards, including a Title IX Distinguished Service Award from Purdue University and PNW’s most prestigious Excellence in Teaching Award. Her extensive academic portfolio includes peer-reviewed articles and conference presentations, highlighted by her co-authorship of Communication: Embracing Difference (5th Edition Routledge/Taylor and Francis Group, 2020) and co-editorship of The Basic Communication Course Online: Scholarship and Application (Kendall Hunt, 2005).
Goodnight’s leadership established the recognition of Women’s History Month at the university, including an annual Women’s Leadership Luncheon to celebrate student leaders, and other related events that celebrate women’s contributions to history, culture and society. She is the chair of PNW’s Intercollegiate Athletic Advisory Council and serves on the board of directors for the Legacy Foundation.
Goodnight, a PNW alumna, holds a bachelor’s degree in Communication from the university. She earned a master’s degree in Political Communication from Northern Illinois University and a doctorate in Rhetoric from Purdue University in West Lafayette.