Good retires after precisely 38.5 years

Not one to exaggerate numbers, Professor of Economics Del Good says he has served the campus for 38.5 years. His colleagues keep saying he has worked here for 40. With his meticulous eye for details and numbers, which one would expect from a "Good" economist, he is technically correct.

But though he is officially retiring at the end of the 2005-06 academic year, Good will continue to serve the business department half time. "I am sure that I will have taught 40 years before I am done," he said. He will teach a business department course and several evening courses for the division of adult and external studies program, and administer a grant program.

Good, who grew up in Fisher, Ill., and graduated from GC in 1962 after majoring in mathematics, started teaching at his alma mater during the second semester of the 1966-67 school year. He completed his doctoral dissertation in economics for the University of Illinois in 1970. Since 1988, he has held the college's Carl Kreider Chair of Economics.

In addition to teaching economics, statistics, management and other business courses, Good took on administrative roles as well. He served as chair of the business department on and off from 1967 to 2001, he participated in many campus committees and faculty governance over the years. Good encouraged the college to begin offering continuing education courses, serving as the first director of continuing education. In the early 1990s, he helped create the first adult degree completion program in management.

Good's four teaching sabbaticals took him across the state, the country and the Atlantic Ocean. During one sabbatical term he was a legislative aide for U.S. Senator Mark O. Hatfield of Oregon. He studied management and organizational behavior at Indiana University's School of Business and School of Education, focused on public policy and health administration at the University of Maryland and taught graduate-level business ethics in Barcelona, Spain. Good led SST in Costa Rica in 1975-76 - the first time he ever traveled abroad.

Good has taken seriously his role as a mentor. He often brings former students back to campus to speak in his classes and liked to keep track of where they were and what they were doing. "I have tried to be available to students, to be someone who reaches out and talks about life and spiritual issues in their lives," he said.