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Terry and Monica Goddard have longtime ties to Arizona State University that are being strengthened by their son Kevin, a Barrett Honors College student studying sustainability at ASU.
Terry, a native of Tucson, Ariz. and son of former Arizona governor Samuel P. Goddard, Jr., received a bachelor’s degree in American History from Harvard University. He earned a juris doctorate from ASU in 1976 and began his legal career prosecuting white-collar crime in the Arizona Attorney General’s office.
Terry is the principal of the Goddard Law Office, PLC, a downtown Phoenix law firm, and a professor of practice at the Sandra Day O’Connor School of Law. He is spearheading the effort to outlaw “dark money” anonymous contributions to political campaigns in Arizona.
Terry’s political involvement and community service goes back decades. He served as mayor of Phoenix from 1984-1990, Arizona Director for the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development from 1995-2002, and as a member of the Central Arizona Water Conservation District Board from 2001-2003. He was the Arizona attorney general from 2003-2011.
Monica, who is originally from Rumson, New Jersey, received a master’s in education from ASU in 1974. She is active in philanthropic causes and on her Facebook page describes herself as a “mom, community and political activist, public school advocate, (and) library fan.”
Kevin is in the final year of coursework for a bachelor of science in sustainability with a minor in urban planning while simultaneously pursuing a master’s degree in sustainable solutions through a 3+1 program offered by the ASU School of Sustainability. His long term goal is to pursue a PhD after a few years of action-oriented project work in the public sector.
The Goddards are enthusiastic ASU fans, and Terry and Monica are members of the Barrett Honors College Parent Association.
“We are all united in rooting for ASU,” Monica said of their Sun Devil loyalty.
As for Barrett-related events and activities, “we like participating when we can. We enjoy Smoothie Saturdays and the chance to meet students during their study break.”
We caught up with the Goddards to get their impressions of Barrett Honors College and how their son has fared as an honors student. Here’s what they had to say.
How did Kevin decide to join Barrett Honors College?
Kevin toured a number of small liberal arts colleges across the country and decided he wanted to go somewhere that offered a smaller school community. None offered a program in his field of interest as good as the School of Sustainability with the ability to work with professors in the top of their field. Barrett gave Kevin the opportunity to engage with a smaller community of students while also pursuing his academic interests in sustainability. Barrett is what ultimately convinced Kevin that he would be able to get as much out of ASU as he hoped for from small liberal arts colleges.
How has Kevin benefitted from being in the honors college?
Extensively. Kevin has been able to participate in some extraordinary programs through Barrett that have helped him become a more active global citizen, like the Barrett Global Classroom International Climate Change course in partnership with University of Groningen in the Netherlands. The Human Event course was another unique learning opportunity with challenging course work. Kevin also had the chance to be a teaching assistant in that course and learned additional skills.
What would you tell the parents of prospective honors college students?
Barrett works to help students achieve an excellent education. The college also fosters an important feeling of community - something not always found in a large university.