Chester Goad, director of Disability Services at Tennessee Tech University, was recently recognized with the Dona Sparger Award Professional Service Award by the Tennessee Association on Higher Education and Disability.
The statewide conference was held in Memphis, Tenn., at the University of Memphis in mid-April. The award honors a postsecondary service provider who has demonstrated exemplary professional service to the disability services field through education, advocacy, and service and is the organization's top honor.
"It means a lot to be recognized by my professional organization." Goad said. "I believe all of us who work with students in the field deserve this award. We all serve, educate, and advocate. I am happy to have received the award though, and I do believe the key to success in our field is positive partnership and collaboration with students, faculty and campus peers."
Goad has served on the TNAHEAD board for the last two years, most recently as president of the organization. He will serve in an advisory capacity as immediate past president for the 2012-2013 academic years. He has also been nominated to serve on the international board AHEAD board and election results for that board will be announced in mid-May.
Goad came to TTU in 2009 from Roane State Community College. Aside from his recent service on the TNAHEAD board, he has served as vice president and public policy chairperson for the Tennessee Dyslexia Association, and he is the former dean of students for Currey Ingram Academy in Brentwood, and former projects director within the U.S. House of Representatives.
In addition to serving as TTU's director of Disability Services and as adjunct instructor for curriculum and instruction, Goad is currently a doctoral student studying higher leadership and learning. His research focus is higher education and public policy as related to disabilities. Goad enjoys presenting and speaking to groups and recently served as a transition workshop leader and trainer for grant-related workshops sponsored by the Tennessee Board of Regents and Tennessee Workforce Development.
TNAHEAD consists of professionals from public and private postsecondary institutions in Tennessee. Currently, 47 institutions hold membership in the TNAHEAD organization including TTU, University of Tennessee at Knoxville, Vanderbilt University, Belmont University, and variety of other universities, community colleges and technology centers.