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2020 Cohort 15 Winter Grads

Way to New Goolsby Leadership Academy Alumni!

Keep making an impact.

Goolsby Alumni in the News

Spotlight: It was great to see two Alum recognized in the Fall 2020 edition of The Business Maverick Magazine.

Alumni continue to make a positive impact in their careers, the community, and for UTA.


Congratulations to our May 2020 Graduates

  • Nimisha Budhawani
  • Alexis Carrasco
  • Harsha Chaudhuri
  • Nikki Frisby
  • Robert Herrera
  • Abu Israr
  • Farriya Jawed
  • Hamza Kebbati
  • Kamran Khan
  • Erica Lewis
  • Edgar Nyoni
  • Monsserrat Peralta
  • Christian Plaue
  • Soomin Pyo
  • Lakshitta Sethi
  • Pranjal Sharma
  • Paras Sindhwani
  • Madison Smith
  • Joshua Stringer
  • Vy Tran

Cohort 15 Video:

Niddal Abedrabbo (Cohort 5)

Niddal spoke in Mr. Buckman's class on Jan 7th, 2020. He shared his story about his experiences in education, business, and purpose for owning/managing a food truck in the DFW area. Niddal's impact on the community can be seen in this video:

Congratulations to our Winter 2019 Graduates

  • Natalie Calderon
  • Precious Dunamis
  • Kevin Moore
  • Pedro Nuez-Delgado
  • Chloe Rogers-Campbell
  • Andrea Varela

2019 Study Abroad UK

23 Students from Cohort 15 traveled to Edinburgh, Scotland, and London, England in the UK during May. In addition to receiving presentations from the University of Edinburgh and the University of Reading, the students visited and learned from company leaders at Deloitte, FanDuel, AKQA, and Eurasia Group. 








2019 GLA Medallion Ceremony

April 16, 2019—Outstanding Service! Dr. James Campbell Quick was the first Director of the Goolsby Leadership Academy, Jackie Fouse Endowed Chair, and Professor Emeritus. At the 2019 Goolsby Leadership Academy Medallion Ceremony, he addressed Alumni and graduating seniors about Ethical Leadership and John L. Goolsby's overarching message for the Academy. Dr. Quick was recognized for his limitless contributions to the Academy and presented with the John and Judy Goolsby Award for Distinguished Academy Faculty Member.

 Dr. Quick

2018 Goolsby Scholar Publication

Biobehavioral Differences, Women and Leadership 


Goolsby Leadership Academy Presents Lecture by Mary Uhl-Bien: “Leadership in the Complex World”

Nov. 10, 2015--The public is invited to hear Dr. Mary Uhl-Bien speak on "Leadership in the Complex World," on Tues., Nov. 17, 2015, at 7 p.m. in the University Center, Bluebonnet Ballroom.  The event is free and sponsored by multiple organizations.  More... 

Study Abroad Scholarships Available for Undergraduate Business

Thanks to a generous gift from Dr. Jacqualyn Fouse, the college is able to offer scholarships to support a study abroad experience for undergraduate students. While this gift is focused on students majoring in international business and the Goolsby Leadership Academy, any qualified College of Business student is eligible to apply. More...

Sareek Hosein Featured on NBC5

International business major and recently graduated Goolsby Scholar Sareek Hosein was featured in a story on NBC5 about college graduates.

Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price Speaks to Goolsby Scholars

UT Arlington alumna and Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price ('72 B.S.) spoke to Goolsby Scholars in the "Leader as Communicator" class, Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014, at the University's Fort Worth Center.  More...

Goolsby Professor Presents Ethics Seminar

June 18, 2014—James Campbell Quick, Ph.D., John and Judy Goolsby-Jacqualyn A. Fouse Endowed Chair and professor of leadership and organizational behavior, will present an invited ethics seminar "Integrity First:  Dr. Joseph M. Grant, General Tommy Franks, and the Deepwater Oil Spill" at Lancaster University Management School on Wednesday, June 18, 2014.  More...

Goolsby Leadership Academy Celebrates 10th Anniversary

On Wednesday, April 23, 2014, the Goolsby Leadership Academy celebrated its tenth anniversary with several special events.  Watch and listen to John Goolsby speak about the anniversary of the academy.  View photos of the anniversary luncheon, the inaugural meeting of the Goolsby Alumni Association and the College of Business 2014 Executive Dinner with honored special guest, Jody Grant. 

Goolsby Scholar coauthors paper on character and organizational research

Feb. 10, 2014—Victor Isaias Gonzalez Hernandez, Goolsby Scholar and senior international business major, coauthored the paper “A Person’s Character is the Firm Foundation: A Review and Application to Organizational Research” to be published in “Research in Management, Volume 10/Advances in Authentic and Ethical Leadership.”   Learn More...

Goolsby Leadership Academy Presents Caroline Keating, Ph.D., Nov. 20

Nov. 20, 2013—The Goolsby Leadership Academy 10th Anniversary Cohort presents a lecture by Caroline Keating, Ph.D., professor of psychology at Colgate University. In “Also Mightier Than The Sword:  The Body Language of Leadership and Power,” Keating will discuss how the way a leader looks, sounds and moves is a powerful weapon in the quest to cultivate followers, believers and devotees.

ESPN Founder Bill Rasmussen Speaks with Goolsby Students

ESPN Founder Bill Rasmussen Spoke with Goolsby Students October 24, 2013—ESPN Founder Bill Rasmussen spoke with Goolsby students about leadership, business, and founding the cutting-edge sports network.  "You've got to take risks [to be successful in business]," he said.  He later spoke to a packed house at Texas Hall as part of the Maverick Speaker Series.

Goolsby Scholar Earns Goldman Sachs Scholarship for Excellence

May 7, 2013—Goolsby Scholar Juan Farah is the recipient of the Goldman Sachs Scholarship for Excellence.

Judy and John Goolsby Pay Visit to Cohort Eight

November 15, 2012—Scholars of the Eighth Cohort had the opportunity to spend some quality time with Judy and John Goolsby today as part of the executive leadership course, a requirement for thCohort * with Goolsbyse Academy's senior cohort.  The Goolsby's, whose legacy of ethical leadership and service is honored by the naming of the Academy, shared their perspectives on success and integrity, as well as offering valuable nuggets of advice to the class.

2012-2014 Cohort Kicks Off with Orientation

August 22, 2012—Classes don’t begin until tomorrow but the 2012-2014 Cohort of the Goolsby Leadership Academy began in earnest2012-2014 today for an orientation.  There the new Goolsby Scholars learned the basic in’s and out’s of being part of the Academy.  Academy Director Dr. David Mack laid out a clear set of expectations of a Goolsby Scholar.  The new cohort of 31 business majors was joined by several scholars in the senior cohort as well as a few Goolsby graduates who discussed their experiences as first-year scholars and shared tips for balancing the extra workload.

Passionate Persistence | Goolsby Scholar Curtwin Bismark (2011-2013 Cohort)

Goolsby Scholar Curtwin Bismark Prepares for the Challenge of Transforming a Nation. Learn more.

BNSF Gift Will Expand Goolsby Leadership Academy

October 6, 2011—A new commitment from BNSF Railway's foundation will allow The University of Texas at Arlington to expand the Goolsby Leadership Academy to enroll promising freshmen and sophomores to participate in the select College of Business program.

Goolsby Scholars Learn from "Magic"

Magic Johnson with members of Goolsby Leadership Academy

Goosby Scholars braved the record-breaking snowstorm on Feb. 11, 2010 to meet sports legend and entrepreneur extraordinaire Earvin "Magic" Johnson as part of UT Arlington's Maverick Speakers Series. Watch a clip from the event.

Guest Speaker to Focus on Leadership with Character

Nov 4, 2009 – The Goolsby Leadership Academy welcomes Dr. Thomas Wright, the Jon Wefald Leadership Chair at Kansas State University’s College of Business to campus Thursday, November 12 for a discussion on character-based leadership. Dr. Wright is an extensively published authority on the topics of leadership, organizational behavior and business ethics.

Goolsby Leadership Academy Meets $3 million Challenge

Oct 8—With Lockheed Martin gift, the academy exceeds fundraising campaign goal.

Goolsby Scholar Jorge Callado Chosen to Represent Class of 2009

Watch Jorge’s address at the May 15 graduation celebration.

UT Arlington Distinguished Alumna Invests in Goolsby Leadership Academy

Distinguished Alumna Jackie Fouse (BA ‘82, MA ‘84) gave $250,000 to benefit The University of Texas at Arlington’s Goolsby Leadership Academy in the College of Business. The College of Business will match the gift for a total of $500,000 to establish two endowments: the Goolsby-Jacqualyn A. Fouse Endowed Chair and the Jacqualyn A. Fouse Endowed Scholarship in the Goolsby Leadership Academy.

Alcon Creates Endowed Chair for Goolsby Leadership Academy

The University of Texas at Arlington College of Business honored Alcon for its $250,000 gift to benefit the Goolsby Leadership Academy in the College of Business.

Goolsby Scholars Bring Johnson & Johnson Leader to Campus

October 20, 2008 - Alan LeBlanc, an executive with Johnson & Johnson, will talk about ethical leadership with the medical company’s principles as a jumping-off point for discussion at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, in room 101 of College Hall, 503 W. Third St. The speech, sponsored by the Goolsby Scholars, is free and open to the public.

LeBlanc will address how the $61 billion company has grown its sales and market share for 123 consecutive years in an ethical way.

“The Goolsby Leadership Academy at UT Arlington is able to draw such beacons of ethical leadership in the business world like Alan Leblanc because anyone who knows the Academy and what it stands for knows that the future ethical business leaders in the country and perhaps the world are sitting in the Goolsby classrooms,” said Andy Hines, a Goolsby Scholar and UT Arlington student.

LeBlanc started as a sales representative with Johnson & Johnson in 1984. His latest post with the company has been as regional corporate account director for Johnson & Johnson Health Care Systems. In his current role, his job is to coordinate the efforts of the individual Johnson & Johnson franchises at Texas Health Resources in Arlington and the Baylor Health Care System in Dallas. He spent the first 10 years of his career as a naval aviator in the U.S. Marine Corps.

The Goolsby Leadership Academy, established in 2003, is designed to transform a select group of students into future leaders. The program offers rigorous study in: developing leadership skills, decision making, emotional competence and motivation, ethics, personal integrity, character development, goal-setting, self-measurement, performance measurement, group dynamics and team building.