FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 2, 2017

Goodwill Industries Names CEO

 (Omaha, NEB)  Dr. Mike McGinnis, has been tapped to be the chief executive officer of Goodwill Industries which serves Eastern Nebraska and Southwest Iowa according to Erin Limas, chair of the search committee.  The announcement culminates a four month search process conducted by the independent firm of Wheless Partners and a search committee comprised of community members; Doug Wilwerding, Jay Dunlap, and Shonna Dorsey as well as board members Bob Bertsch, and Scott Semrad.

We were so fortunate to have substantial applications from both local candidates and candidates around the country,” Limas said. “It was a very difficult decision, but one that the committee has made with confidence for the future of Goodwill in the areas we serve.”

For the past 11 months, Pauli Bishop, a ten year veteran with Goodwill stepped in as the interim CEO in October of 2016. “Pauli has done a remarkable job of rebuilding employee trust and managing a multitude of situations following the departure of the long-time executive,” said Mark Stokes the board chairman.  “We cannot thank her enough for all she has done over these months, we truly are grateful.”

McGinnis, who has extensive executive level experience in non-profit and military organizations will take the reins on October 16, 2017.

Dr. McGinnis will come to Goodwill from the Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum in Ashland, Nebraska where he served as executive director since January 2014.  He is the former executive director of Peter Kiewit Institute in Omaha, and previous to that was a professor at Old Dominion University, and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.  Dr. McGinnis has a Ph.D. from the University of Arizona.  His undergraduate degree is from United States Military Academy at West Point.

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