Since joining the Office of Admissions in 1986, Jim Goecker has been involved in the recruitment of more than half of all living alumni of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. He was named Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid in 2005, bringing the two offices together as one unit for the first time. In 2008, he was promoted to Vice President of Enrollment Management and in 2014, he was named Vice President of Enrollment Management and Strategic Communication. In 2017, he returned once again to his role as Vice President of Enrollment Management.
Goecker started his professional career teaching and coaching at the middle and high school levels. That was followed by time in residence life administration at the university level before coming to Rose-Hulman.
He was named Honorary Alumnus of Rose-Hulman in 1994 and received the John Mutchner award for outstanding support of Rose-Hulman athletics in 1999. He has twice been a recipient of the Excellence in Service award at the Institute, 2009 and 2012. He has served on numerous committees of the Institute and chaired Institute wide task forces. In addition, he was the official scorer for Rose-Hulman men's basketball from 1990-2008, and women's basketball from 1995-2008. This period included two stints as the official scorer at the NCAA DIII women’s basketball finals.
Goecker’s professional activity has included serving on committees of the National Association for College Admissions Counseling (NACAC) and the Indiana Association for College Admissions Counseling (IACAC) and being a presenter on multiple enrollment management issues at annual meetings of the IACAC, NACAC and the ACT Enrollment Managers Conference. He has also consulted internationally with universities and colleges on enrollment management issues and serves on advisory boards both in the United States and abroad.
He holds a MS in College Student Personnel from Indiana State University, a MA in American History and a BS in Social Studies Education from Ball State University.
Goecker was a founding board member and past president of Terre Haute Torpedoes Swim Team, USA Swimming meet official and NCAA Swimming and Diving official. He has also made over 30 presentations around the country on American Civil War military intelligence operations.
He is married to Debra, a retired elementary music teacher. They have two daughters, Heidi who lives in the Washington D.C. area, and Liesl who lives in Mumbai, India.