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.
Prior to joining Rose-Hulman, Goecker served as Residence Hall Director at Vincennes University and taught and coached at middle school and high school.
Goecker 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 was part of the Leadership Academy team that received the Excellence in Service award in 2009. He has served on numerous committees of the Institute and was the official scorer for Rose-Hulman men's basketball from 1990-2008, and women's basketball from1995-2008.
Goecker is also active beyond campus and has served on committees of the National Association for College Admissions Counseling (NACAC) and the Indiana Association for College Admissions Counseling (IACAC), has been a presenter on multiple enrollment management issues at annual meetings of the IACAC, NACAC and the ACT Enrollment Managers Conference, and is a founding member of the Independent Colleges of Indiana (ICI) enrollment managers' conference. He has also consulted with universities and colleges on enrollment management issues.
Goecker also is a Summer Fellow of the Peabody Professional Institute for Higher Education Management, Vanderbilt University, and a participant of the Harvard University Summer Institute on College Admissions. Professional memberships include NACAC, IACAC, American Association of College Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) and American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE). He has presented at the ASEE.
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's community involvement includes, a founding board member and past president of Terre Haute Torpedoes Swim Team, a USA Swimming meet official and NCAA Swimming and Diving official. He has also held numerous leadership positions in his local church. Goecker is past president of the West Central Indiana Civil War Round Table and has made numerous presentations around the country on Civil War military intelligence and cavalry operations.
He is married to Debra, an elementary music teacher, who, between 1987-90 was the Rose-Hulman band and choral director. Goecker has two daughters, Heidi who is married and lives in the Washington D.C. area, and Liesl, who lives in Mumbai, India. He likes spending time with family and friends, doing Civil War research, driving his BMW convertible, enjoying good port wine, and traveling.