Former chief operating officer and interim president to lead the statewide nonprofit in its mission to change lives through education, training and employment
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Goodwill Arkansas announced the appointment of Brian Marsh to president and CEO Thursday. Previously, Marsh served as interim president and CEO and was chief operating officer prior. His first official day in his new role was Thursday.
“Brian proved to everyone during his time as interim president that his focus is on people, specifically those impacted by Goodwill’s mission to change lives through education, training and employment,” said Mitch Chandler, Goodwill Arkansas Board Chairman. “Though we conducted a sizable search for a new leader, the board concluded that Brian is the right choice. We know the organization’s mission and structure will continue to grow and flourish in his capable hands.”
This fall also marked the start of classes at The Excel Center® at Goodwill, the first adult high school in Arkansas and one of the projects Marsh has piloted as interim president and CEO. The Excel Center will award high school diplomas and industry-recognized certifications to adults 19+, a critical offering for the nearly 300,000 Arkansans without a high school diploma.
Goodwill Arkansas donations fund education, training and employment services free of charge for unemployed and underemployed Arkansans as they upgrade their skills to enter the competitive workforce. These 10 programs and multiple services are critical for individuals facing barriers to employment – such as those with developmental disabilities and/or criminal backgrounds – to achieve long-term employment, family-sustaining wages and a better standard of living.
“It is an honor to serve this organization that gives deserving Arkansans a second chance,” said Brian Marsh. “In my time with Goodwill Arkansas, I have seen the impact Goodwill’s unique programs and services have on individual lives of Arkansans as they work to overcome barriers to employment and ultimately find success in the workplace. As the first college graduate on both sides of my family, I understand the true value of education for all.”
Marsh holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Mississippi State University. He has been a member of the Goodwill team since 2013, previously serving in leadership roles at Envirotest in Arvada, Colorado, and Essilor Laboratories of America in Dallas, Texas. He and his wife, Dani, have three adult children and reside in Alexander.
Marsh’s appointment comes on the heels of the organization’s holiday giving campaign kick-off. Appropriately titled “The Great Give,” the campaign is raising awareness for Goodwill’s programs and services while also encouraging shoppers to donate to Goodwill and to shop at its stores statewide.
To learn more about Brian Marsh and Goodwill Arkansas’s life-changing programs and community commitments, please visit GoodwillAR.org.
About Goodwill Arkansas
Celebrating its 90th anniversary, Goodwill Industries of Arkansas is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization focused on changing lives through education, training and employment. Revenue generated through the sale of donated goods at Goodwill’s more than 40 statewide locations is used to create jobs and fund critical training programs for Arkansans. Last fiscal year, Goodwill served 14,533 individuals and helped 6,173 Arkansans attain jobs with businesses statewide. To learn more, please find us online at GoodwillAR.org and on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @GoodwillAR.