TWC's lecture series honors distinguished community leader

Posted on: March 20, 2014

TWC hosted its Inaugural Dr. Morris D. Goodfriend Distinguished Lecture on Tuesday, March 18, honoring Dr. Goodfriend as a beloved friend of the college.

Tennessee Wesleyan College hosted its Inaugural Dr. Morris D. Goodfriend Distinguished Lecture on Tuesday, March 18, honoring Dr. Goodfriend as a beloved friend of the college. To be held annually, the lecture series will feature guest speakers discussing business topics and issues with audiences of TWC business students, faculty, alumni, and other guests.

“We were honored to celebrate Dr. Mike Goodfriend’s legacy as an entrepreneur and community leader with this inaugural distinguished lecture,” said Dr. Harley Knowles, TWC president. “Several of the attendees had worked for Dr. Goodfriend in his store in Athens and credit him for their career success.”

The inaugural guest speaker for the lecture series was Dr. C. Warren Neel, a former Dean of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville Business School for 25 years who also served in government as the Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Finance and Administration, managing a budget of over $20 billion while serving as the Governor’s chief financial officer.

Dr. Neel shared his views on ethics and morality in business, sharing experiences from his career in education and government as well as his work serving on corporate boards.

Before Dr. Neel’s lecture, Dr. Goodfriend’s son, Robert Goodfriend, spoke about his father’s legacy and successful career growing Goody’s Family Clothing store to 383 stores throughout the South and Midwest.

“My father was special and he is sincerely missed,” said Goodfriend. “I truly appreciate Tennessee Wesleyan College honoring him in this way.”

To show his gratitude, Goodfriend presented a donation of $100,000 to Dr. Knowles to support the lecture series and the school’s business department.

“I was thrilled to receive such an unexpected generous donation,” said Dr. Knowles. “Robert and and his wife Wendy Goodfriend are wonderful philanthropists and we were honored to accept their support to further enhance our business program and continue the Dr. Morris D. Goodfriend Distinguished Lecture Series.”

For more information on the Dr. Morris D. Goodfriend Distinguished Lecture Series or TWC’s Business Administration Department , contact Dr. Martha Maddox by phone at 423-746-5245 or by email at mmaddox@twcnet.edu.