Intelligence Plus Character Equals Success For Graduate


Martin Luther King once said, “Intelligence plus character—that is the goal of true education.”  Kathy Goode feels that she’s developed that winning combination as a graduate of the $$Cincinnati Campus, and she’s using her knowledge and her big heart each day, working as an administrative assistant and receptionist at LifeCenter Organ Donor Network.

Before coming to American National University, Kathy had worked in banking and retail, and had a degree in criminology from a local college.  She enrolled in the business administration-management program and was able to transfer a number of credits from the other college to National to help her complete her program as quickly as possible.  “I just wanted to add a little more under my belt,” she recalled.  “Knowledge is power.”

[img]Kathy is able to draw from the broad foundation of business knowledge and technology skills that she gained at American National University to help her efficiently perform her duties at LifeCenter, an organization that encourages and facilitates organ and tissue donations.  She finds that she wears many hats during her busy day, including greeting visitors, coordinating fund raisers, performing accounting duties, and assisting with human resources.

In addition, Kathy also speaks at schools, hospitals, churches, and events in her community on behalf of LifeCenter to help promote organ donation.  “I enjoy helping people and saving lives,” she said.  “Our mission and vision is so important, and to see a loved one’s family, and how we have touched their lives through organ and tissue donations is so beautiful.”

Kathy was recently recognized by the $$Cincinnati Campus for her work at LifeCenter when she was named the Alumni Hall of Achievement Award recipient at this year’s commencement ceremony.  “I’m overwhelmed,” Kathy said of receiving the award.  “I think it’s an honor and a privilege.”

While Kathy has a passion for her work at LifeCenter, her ultimate goal for her career is to use her degree to advance into a management position.  “I feel that you have to have patience.  You have to be a people person, and you have to be driven.  I think I have all of those qualities,” she said proudly.

A-Business administration-management graduate Kathy Goode is working as a receptionist and administrative assistant at LifeCenter Organ Donor Network.

B-Kathy Goode is shown accepting the Alumni Hall of Achievement Award during the $$Cincinnati Campus's commencement ceremony that was held in June.

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