Randy Goin Jr. serves as chief of staff in the Office of the Chancellor of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, a position to which he was appointed in December 2013. As chief of staff and a senior policy advisor, he coordinates the efforts of senior staff in the Office of the Chancellor and works closely with university, government and business leaders to ensure timely advancement of Board of Governors’ initiatives.
Prior to joining the State System's leadership team, Mr. Goin was chief of staff for the Florida Board of Governors, which oversees the second largest university system in America. He also led the public affairs, governmental relations and communications group, which worked to articulate a clear message and vision with all constituents.
During Mr. Goin’s tenure in Florida, the university system enhanced its relationships with key internal and external stakeholders. The system released a new 2025 strategic plan, developed a nationally acclaimed accountability system, launched a totally online undergraduate institute at the University of Florida, and introduced a systemwide performance funding model.
He launched his career in the private sector more than two decades ago and later moved into communications management roles in higher education. He ultimately served as associate vice president for marketing at Florida Atlantic University, where he helped build the communications organization and reposition the institution's brand. He was then named university chief of staff and worked closely with the president to reshape the institution's organizational structure by increasing focus on top priorities. He served as a conduit between the administration and the university trustees – enhancing board relations and operations.
A native of Ohio, he grew up in Texas and moved to Florida where he earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree and a Master of Arts degree with a focus in corporate and political communication from Florida Atlantic University.