“The Goodnights’ impact on NC State can’t be overstated. From the transformational Goodnight Scholars Program to support for our most distinguished faculty, they are true visionaries.”
— Randy Woodson, chancellor, NC State University
Jim Goodnight earned his bachelor’s degree in applied mathematics and his master’s in statistics from NC State. He also earned his doctorate in statistics at NC State, where he was a faculty member from 1972 to 1976. He is the co-founder and CEO of SAS Institute, the world’s leading business analytics software vendor.
Ann Goodnight, a 1968 College of Humanities and Social Sciences graduate, is the senior director of community relations at SAS Institute. She is a member of the NC State Board of Trustees and the Friday Institute National Advisory Board.
Jim and Ann Goodnight are co-chairs of the Campaign for NC State.