Meet our Unconventional Business Dean
Stuart Noble-Goodman never intended to become dean of a business school. He grew up in Anchorage, Alaska listening to his mom’s popular CBS talk show, and entertaining such illustrious visitors to his family’s dinner table as Walter Cronkite, Alan Alda, and Mary Tyler Moore.
In 1983, Stuart headed for UC Berkeley, expecting to pen the next "Grapes of Wrath," or at least be discovered as the next Don DeLillo. But first he would move to Palo Alto to explore the Bay Area and even spent his share of time in courses at Los Altos Community College. Somewhere along the way, he fell in love with “the most beautiful tree-hugging vegetarian ever” and ate his last McDonald’s burger more than two decades ago.
After graduating from Berkeley, he moved to Washington, D.C. to work for Senator Ted Stevens. After a brief stint in the private sector in Seattle, Stuart went on to Duke University to earn his Ph.D. in American literature. He spent his early career in Naperville, Ill. teaching English at Benedictine University, where he also served as faculty in residence, director of the honors program, and director of Writing Across the Curriculum.
Stuart was drawn to the University in Redlands in 1999 when he learned about the University’s then Whitehead College. A most adventurous academic who enjoys new challenges, Stuart moved his young family to Redlands and committed himself to understanding adult education, learning and teaching about the environment and slowly transforming himself into a University administrator.
Over the years, Stuart has escorted large groups of students on study travel programs to India, Scandinavia and the Owens and Death valleys of Calif. He has traveled to Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico, Canada, Singapore, Thailand, the U.K., Europe, and the South Pacific. He thinks travel is just about the best way to become better at anything and if you run into him during your time at Redlands, he will invariably encourage you to renew your passport and travel. But perhaps most important, Stuart has helped more than 6,000 adult learners walk across the Greek Theater stage to be presented with their diplomas.
Regarding his time at Redlands, and working for adult and professional students, Stuart says, “I know firsthand what it means when we set out to reinvent ourselves. As I’ve traveled around the world, I’ve met so many people who amazed me by their courage in seizing opportunities to pursue their dreams.”