12:15 p.m. Oct. 1 former Big Red Circle, outside Harry Frazier Hall

For more than 40 years, Jane Goldstein has mentored, counseled and inspired thousands of students, staff and colleagues. In recognition of her dedication and leadership, Big Red Circle has been renovated and renamed in her honor. The Jane Goldstein Plaza will be officially unveiled and dedicated at this ceremony. A reception in Jane’s honor will follow at the University Club.

Additional Information: Laurie Pardieu, 852-2042; Donna Zinser Clark, 852-8523

More about Jane Goldstein

If there were a box score reporting the ascent of professional  women  in the Louisville area, hundreds of the players’ names and accomplishments would be followed by an asterisk, with a companion notation at the bottom of the tally. It would say simply, *Assist, Goldstein.

For nearly 40 years, Jane Goldstein,  currently the assistant dean for development and external affairs at the College of Business, has been the wind beneath the wings of women  on the rise. She has taught,  mentored, counseled, connected, funded,  defended  and challenged students,  friends and peers, simply for the joy of seeing them succeed.

When 2005 graduate Shonda  Brown was interviewed about  the publication of her first book, she credited the college’s faculty with giving her the skills needed to be a promising entrepreneur-author. But Goldstein,  she said, added something more.

“She believes in people even when they don’t themselves,” she said.

Previously a UofL lecturer in the area of office management, Goldstein  holds bachelor  and master’s degrees from UofL in business  education and is a Certified Professional Secretary. She regularly gives seminars, workshops and speeches on a variety of workplace issues, and her resume is a litany of civic and humanitarian awards for leadership and philanthropy, including the UofL Alumni Association’s Red Apple Award, which is given to teachers who make significant contributions to students’ lives.

“Jane truly cares about  people  and will do everything in her power to help them grow,” said Allie Goatley, the college’s assistant dean for advising. “She doesn’t believe in red tape.”

High school  classmate and former College of Business events coordinator Sandy Berry nominated Goldstein  for the Atherton  High School Hall of Fame, based in part on the comments of UofL  graduates.   “Everywhere I go I meet former students  who always ask about  Jane,” she said. “As a role model  and advocate, she makes our community a better place.”

Diane Medley, a partner  in Mountjoy  Chilton  Medley and a 1980 graduate  of the college, discovered Goldstein’s energy as a student  but has since also benefited from her help as a professional.

“She’s tremendous,” said Medley, who also is a member  of EWAB, the Executive Women’s Advisory Board Goldstein founded more than  20 years ago. “We were looking for a director of operations, and Jane’s network helped  us connect with a former colleague. The university is on her mind  24/7-she’s all about making connections.”

Leadership Louisville recently agreed, naming Goldstein  to its charter assembly of community “Connectors.”

Goldstein  recently conducted a salary survey for the members  of the Administrative  Services Advisory Board (ASAB), a networking organization she co-founded in 1984 with her mentor,  Dr. Kathleen Drummond, to celebrate and elevate the skills of the executive assistants to the area’s top CEOs. The results of the survey helped  her illustrate one of her primary messages for women  who want to prove-and improve-their value to their respective organizations.

“Jane’s always tells us that we’re an extension  of the highest levels ofleadership,” said Kathleen Smith, executive assistant  to UofL President James Ramsey and an ASAB member.   “She believes we ought to strive to deliver the same level of professionalism, and we should  be compensated accordingly.”

But Medley believes Goldstein’s  most endearing quality may be her preference to push women  into the spotlight rather than seek a piece of it.  “She’s completely non-egocentric,” she said.  “It’s always about  other person-not Jane.” Goatley, who has been a friend and co-worker for more than  25 years, agrees.

“Jane remains  a touchstone for people because she’s completely unselfish,” she said. “Her energy and passion for helping people are amazing.”



University of Louisville
College of Business
Harry Frazier Hall
Louisville, KY 40292
Phone: (502) 852-6440
Fax: (502) 852-7557


The UofL College of Business is separately accredited by AACSB International (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business). Visit our Accreditation page for details.

University Accreditation:
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)



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