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DE222 Honoree: Colleen Perry Keith

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Title: President

Colleen Perry Keith Goldey-Beacom College

Colleen Perry Keith | PHOTO COURTESY OF GBC

Workplace: Goldey-Beacom College

Alma Mater: Binghamton University, University of Pittsburgh, Ohio State University

Boards: Transform Mid-Atlantic, NCAA Division II Executive Board, Fresh Start Scholarship Program, Rotary Club of Wilmington, Roofs from the Heart

Q&A: Best advice for your younger self? “Experience as much as you can of what interests you and doesn’t interest you as you’ll grow.”

Colleen Perry Keith is the 14th president of Goldey-Beacom College as well as its fi st female president. Perry Keith spent about two decades working in higher education or education-focused nonprofit work in Ohio, and later transitioned to lead Spartanburg Methodist University and Pfeiffer University in the Carolinas. At Goldey-Beacom, a private four-year university in Pike Creek, she has led through the pandemic, opened new online degree programs and instituted a bottom-up review of the college and its services. In 2022, GBC broke into the annual U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges list for the first time.

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