Author: David Dodson
Contact: Dale Goodhue


Dale L. Goodhue has been re-appointed head of the Management Information Systems Department at the University of Georgia's Terry College of Business.

He succeeds Richard T. Watson, who had been serving as the interim department head. Goodhue previously led the department from 2003 to 2006. Watson will remain on the faculty and accept an appointment as research director for the Advanced Practices Council of the Society for Information Management.

Goodhue's appointment as department head becomes effective in August. He has been a member of the Terry College faculty since 1996, and he was named to one of the college's five Terry Chairs of Business Administration in 2003.

"This is a great department," Goodhue said. "People really cooperate and respect each other. I'm delighted to be appointed."

Management Information Systems is one of seven academic departments within the Terry College of Business. MIS was established as its own department in 1999, having been a key part of the Management Department for the preceding three decades. In 2008, U.S. News & World Report ranked Terry's MIS Department among the top 10 programs in the country.

Goodhue is a senior editor for the research journal MIS Quarterly. He has written more than two dozen referred journal articles, 20 proceedings papers and several chapters in books on information systems. He has represented the Terry College on University Council and was chairman of the Vice President for Instruction's Program Review and Assessment Committee.

A native of Pennsylvania who grew up in Atlanta and Savannah, Goodhue earned his PhD in management information systems from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has a master's degree from Carnegie-Mellon University and a bachelor's degree from Brown University.

Prior to joining the Terry College faculty, Goodhue taught computer science and engineering at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and was an associate professor in the Information and Decision Sciences Department at the University of Minnesota. He also worked as a business analyst at American Management Systems, a business systems consulting firm, and as a research associate at ICF Inc., a public policy consulting firm.

Goodhue has taught courses in Computer Programming for Business, Systems Analysis and Design, and a graduate research seminar. His research interests include data management in large organizations, enterprise resource planning and task-technology fit.