by Ward Mullens, Published October 19, 2010
YPSILANTI - Carol Goss, president and chief executive officer of the Skillman Foundation, will be the guest speaker for Eastern Michigan University's December 2010 commencement ceremonies Dec. 19.
Goss was approved by the EMU Board of Regents at its regular meeting Oct. 19.
The Skillman Foundation is a private, independent foundation whose mission is to improve the lives of children in metropolitan Detroit by improving their homes, schools and neighborhoods. The Foundation has assets of $600 million and manages an annual grants budget of $30 million.
Goss has been involved in philanthropy for 20 years. Prior to joining the Skillman Foundation as senior program officer in 1998, Goss served as program officer at The Stuart Foundation in San Francisco, California, and as program director at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in Battle Creek, Michigan.
Her professional career also includes experience in the human services field as a social worker, social work supervisor and agency administrator with the Detroit Department of Public Welfare, Oakland County Family and Children's Services, and The Children's Home Society in Oakland, California.
In 2008, Goss received the City Mission Champion for Children Award, and was selected as the Eleanor Josaitis "Unsung Hero" recipient as part of the Shining Light Awards sponsored by the Detroit Free Press and Metropolitan Affairs Coalition. She was also selected as one of 25 women to be featured in the Charles H. Wright Museum's newest exhibit, "Women of a New Tribe."
In 2007, Goss was named the James A. Joseph Lecturer by the Association of Black Foundation Executives. She has been cited by Crain's Detroit Business as one of Southeast Michigan's Most Influential Women, an honor bestowed just once every five years to the region's most dynamic and powerful women.
Goss grew up in Detroit and during her teenage years did volunteer work for the YWCA. Her community service convinced her that she wanted to become a social worker and help people in need. She graduated from Detroit's Chadsey High School before heading to the University of Michigan, where she received two degrees. Goss holds both a BA in sociology (1969) and a MSW (1972).