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Since August 2003, government and law graduate Louis Goetting ’73 has served as executive vice president of administration, operations, and information technology services for Brookdale Community College, Lincroft, N.J., overseeing facilities at the college’s main campus and its five extension sites.

He sees part of his job as helping students take advantage of opportunities offered by local businesses. He moved from municipal to school administration after working with many colleges and universities at the treasury department.

“I saw it as a natural progression of my career in public administration,” he says. “A college campus is not unlike a city.”

Earlier this month, the school hosted a county emergency personnel “first responders” test, with a simulated central command center and drug distribution. Approximately 400 emergency personnel and volunteers were on campus simulating the realistic training exercise.

Previously, Goetting was vice president of administration at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey from 1998 to 2002, overseeing public safety and school facilities. Goetting worked for the state treasury department from 1994 to 1998, and was city manager in South Brunswick from 1988 to 1994.

He earned a master’s degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University and a certificate in governmental risk management from the University of Arizona. But it all started with his major at Lafayette, he says.

“That provided a strong foundation for analysis and evaluation of complex public policy issues, a process for viewing and understanding public issues that has proven invaluable over a 30-year career in all levels of public management,” says Goetting.

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