Former UNLV President, Wife Set Example and Encourage Others to Help UNLV
Pat Goodall will be the first to tell you he's neither all-knowing nor all-seeing. Yet when it comes to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, he very well might be the guy who knows best. That's because his history with UNLV— through years of involvement in widespread and intricate ways— affords him a special vantage point.
Pat (officially Dr. Leonard E. Goodall) and his wife, Lois, have invested gifts of time, talent, and treasure in UNLV since coming to know the university. Lois graduated from UNLV, as did the Goodalls' son, and Pat is the former university president (1979-84) and an emeritus professor. Through the years, the Goodalls have financially supported the university through scholarship programs, the annual fund, unrestricted contributions, and estate gifts.
Pat is quick to champion the importance of private donations. "Even though public universities receive taxpayer support, it's never enough," he says. "Public funding is such a small proportion of total support. Good universities need a level of private support to achieve excellence." That's why Pat encourages UNLV faculty and staff to embrace the special opportunity they have to continue their support and involvement with the university well into the future by making estate gifts.
According to Pat, while it's important that contributors target their gifts to their interests, it's equally important to make unrestricted dollars available. "Universities require monies where the president sees the needs are greatest," Pat says. "None of us can see the future. I've worked with UNLV for more than two decades and couldn't predict what it will need as it develops. We can't predict its legacy, but having a legacy is essential."
Because of such foresight and a relationship with the university that extends back many years, when it comes to UNLV securing its legacy of excellence, Pat knows that gifts from the university's friends are best.