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Christine M. Goodwin

Christine M. Goodwin is currently the Acting Director of Institutional Research. She oversees the day to operations of the office which is a centralized resource that develops and provides quantitative and qualitative information and analyses to internal and external constituents. She has currently served in this office since 1997 in various capacities. Christine currently serves as Chair of the Data Integrity Committee and as a member of the Athletic Advisory Board, Academic and Administrative Assembly, Enterprise Risk Management Committee, Commencement Committee, Women In Science Advisory Board, and the Middle States Compliance Committee. Over the years, she also served on the University Mission Task Force, Information Technology Task Force, and the 2005 Middle States Self Study Committee where she served as the liaison for the 2006 site visit. Christine has also served as an adjunct professor in the Division of Library and Information Science supervising their computer lab. Christine is a member of the Association for Institutional Research, the Northeast Association for Institutional Research, the Long Island Institutional Research Association, and the Association on Higher Education and Disability. Christine has co-presented at regional and national conferences on the topics of genealogy, accreditation, library and information science, institutional research and data integrity.
Christine participated as a member of the initial cohort of St. John’s employees in the Vincentian Mission Certificate Program.  Christine is a member of the Sacred Heart Academy Board of Trustees where she is chair of the Mission Committee and serves also on the Development Committee. Sacred Heart Academy is a Catholic preparatory school for young women. She has served as a Lector at St. John’s St. Thomas More Church. Christine coordinates semester visits for her SJU colleagues to the local Ronald MacDonald house where they make dinner for approximately 100 family members residing at this “home away from home”. She volunteers with St. John’s at the St. John’s Bread and Life Soup Kitchen and volunteers her services to the Jamaican Civic and Cultural Association of Rockland, Inc.  
Christine has studied at both the undergraduate and graduate levels at St. John’s and is currently pursuing her doctorate in education at St. John’s. When not at St. John’s, Christine enjoys spending time with her family and her boyfriend, most likely watching Mets and St. John’s Basketball games.

Why St. John’s University?

I have been blessed to be associated with St. John’s for over 20 years wearing many hats during that time frame. However, my earliest memories of St. John’s came long before that as a very young girl driving by the campus with my parents and grandparents on the way to the city, joking that I would one day be a student there, as well as watching St. John’s Redmen basketball on television growing up. When it was time to look at colleges, I knew I was going to stay home and commute. I am fortunate that there are so many excellent colleges and universities in the area.  I did the normal college tours and interviews. However time and time again, it was the people at St. John’s that attracted me to attend St. John’s as a freshman. Their genuine sense of respect, integrity, care and interest of students as individuals was amazing.  Over the years, I have come to know it as the Vincentian charisma. It was these individuals who took me “under their wings” and who later on encouraged and supported me to have begun a career at St. John’s as well.  I hope that my participation in the Vincentian Mission Institute will deepen this spirit within me and allow me to continue to share this with others as others have shared it with me.

Why the VMI?

I am truly honored to have been selected as a member of the 2015 VMI cohort. This opportunity to collaborate with colleagues from DePaul and Niagara whom normally I would not have a chance to interact with is remarkable. I believe that this is a chance to immerse myself even more in the history of Catholic and Vincentian higher education, social teaching and ministry and to learn from other members of the cohort all of whom come to VMI with various experiences.  Knowledge that I hope will enhance my own Vincentian experience and one that I can share with my fellow colleagues, students, and alumni at St. John’s. I look forward to this journey with my fellow VMI colleagues.