Benny L. Gooden, Ed.D.
Benny L. Gooden is the superintendent of schools in Fort Smith, Arkansas, a position he has held since 1986. He has served in public education for 49 years as a teacher, building administrator, central office administrator, and for 40 years as a school superintendent. Dr. Gooden is a graduate of the University of Missouri. He has served as President of his state administrator’s association, and as President of the American Association of School Administrators Association (AASA) in 2012-2013. He was named Arkansas Superintendent of the Year in 1992, recipient of the Dr. Dan Pilkington Award by the Arkansas School Boards Association in 2000, and awarded the Phoebe Apperson Hearst Award by the National PTA in 1999. Gooden is a visiting assistant professor in educational leadership at the University of Arkansas. He was presented the Citation of Merit by the College of Education Alumni Association at the University of Missouri in 2010. Gooden has served on numerous AASA committees and was director of the AASA Singing Superintendents for more than 20 years.
Dr. Gooden and his wife, Martha, are the parents of three children and have seven grandchildren.