About The President

Dr. Mike Godard proudly serves as the 13th President of Indiana State University, bringing over 25 years of transformative leadership in higher education. From faculty roles to top administrative positions, Dr. Godard's career is marked by a commitment to academic excellence, strategic innovation, and student success.

About President Mike Godard

Dr. Mike Godard proudly serves as the 13th President of Indiana State University, bringing over 25 years of higher education leadership. His distinguished career spans multiple pivotal roles, from dedicated faculty member to department chair, vice provost, and most recently, provost.

Leadership at Southeast Missouri State University

Before joining Indiana State University, Dr. Godard was the provost at Southeast Missouri State University since 2019. During his tenure, he:

  • Forged Successful Public-Private Partnerships: These initiatives led to the creation of innovative academic programs tailored to meet regional workforce needs and support economic development.
  • Strategic Resource Allocation: He reallocated resources efficiently to support new programs and initiatives.
  • Guided Strategic Planning: Dr. Godard spearheaded a strategic planning process with measurable goals and key performance indicators (KPIs), ensuring the achievement of the university's objectives.

Past Roles and Achievements

Dr. Godard has also held several key positions including:

  • Interim Provost and Chief Learning Officer
  • Vice Provost for Enrollment Management and Student Success: In this role, he achieved record enrollments and increased student retention rates while ensuring affordability and access for all students.
  • Collaborations with the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference: He worked to closely align academic and athletic goals for the benefit of student-athletes.

Academic Background

A first-generation college graduate, Dr. Godard holds a PhD in Human Bioenergetics from Ball State University, a master’s in Exercise Physiology from Adelphi University, and a bachelor’s in Exercise Science from Vermont State University - Castleton.

Personal Life

Dr. Mike Godard and his wife, Kathryn, reside in Terre Haute, Indiana, and are proud parents to their two adult sons, Grant and Lance.