An inspiring veteran and business leader who has played a key role in leading National Louis University’s veterans program will receive an honorary degree at Commencement on June 12.
Steven R. Goodwin, senior vice president and portfolio management director at Morgan Stanley, has exemplified service and dedication to veterans and military members.
As the founding chairman of NLU’s Veterans Advisory Board, Goodwin invested countless hours in helping NLU conceptualize what has come to be known as its holistic, or wraparound, model of support. It includes academic, career, advising, health, mental health, financial, legal and spiritual support.
“Steve Goodwin provided leadership that helped National Louis realize the dream of creating a program that changed the way higher education provides support and services to veterans,” said Brigadier General Stephen K. Curda, Ph.D, NLU’s Special Assistant to the President for Veterans Education.
“With Steve’s support and guidance, we took an idea and made the NLU Veterans Program into a nationally recognized program.”
Goodwin willingly meets in person with any veteran who needs help. He is helping the City of Chicago plan a Veterans Center, and helped advise Gov. Bruce Rauner’s transition team on veterans’ needs.
He has also served as Commander of the Union League Club of Chicago’s American Legion Post, and continues to serve on ULCC’s Armed Forces Council and Membership Committee.
Professionally, Goodwin has been a member of the Pancoe-Nakovich Wealth Management team at Morgan Stanley since 2008, and originally joined the team at Bear, Stearns & Co. in 2000.
Prior to joining the Pancoe-Nakovich team, Mr. Goodwin worked as a financial advisor with UBS Paine Webber in Chicago, developing wealth management strategies for the firm’s high-net-worth-client group and establishing retirement plans for small- and mid-sized companies. In his current position with Morgan Stanley, Mr. Goodwin is a Portfolio Management Director and Senior Vice President overseeing portfolios and the wealth management needs for private clients, foundations and family offices.
Goodwin attended the University of Oregon, studying political science and history. He served in the U.S. Army from 1984 to 1988 with the 7th Infantry Division as a Recon Platoon, Sniper Team Leader with the Headquarters and Headquarters Company (HHC) of the 4th Battalion 17th Infantry Regiment. During his service in the military, he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant within 22 months, with waivers under the authority of the Secretary of the Army for his demonstrated leadership amongst his peers.
Goodwin also attended numerous combat leadership and tactical training courses. He is recognized by the Dept. of the Army and holds the honor of “Distinguished Member of the 17th Infantry Regiment” for displaying exemplary service and demonstrating a high level of “Esprit de Corps” while serving as an officer of the 17th Infantry Regiment Association.
Goodwin serves the active duty military as the treasurer and chairman of the General Quinn Scholarship program for the 17th Infantry Regiment Association. He also was a volunteer mentor with American Corporate Partners, a national career counseling and mentoring program which addresses the needs of recently returned veterans.
Goodwin was recognized by the National Infantry Association in 2013 and was selected as a recipient of the Order of Saint Maurice for his continued support of the Infantry and the U.S. Army.
Goodwin and his wife, Lauren, are the proud parents of two children, Grayson and Sloane, and reside in the southwest suburbs of Western Springs, Illinois.
“Steve is determined veterans advocate and was an instrumental player during the implementation of the McCormick Foundations veterans program initiative,” said Ramon Prieto, director of NLU’s Veterans Program. “As a veteran who has experienced the transition from military service, Steve knows firsthand the challenges veterans face as they reintegrate back into society. Steve is always ready and willing to assist our military-connected and veteran students.”