Instructor Bios

Dr. David Goetsch
Vice President Emeritus
Northwest Florida State Collge

Dr. David Goetsch

Dr. Goetsch is Emeritus Vice-President of Northwest Florida State College where he served for 36 years. His administrative responsibilities included the College's six branch campuses/centers, business and industry relations, military relations, local government relations, and legislative relations. Dr. Goetsch taught in three different disciplines: Business/Management, Political Science, and technical education. He also served as the College's lead corporate trainer. He is the author of more than 70 books on various topics including leadership, management, quality, supervision, organizational excellence, occupational safety, project management, and economic development. Several of his books are bestsellers in the collegiate market and have been translated into foreign languages (Korean, Malaysian, Hindi, Spanish, Japanese, and Indonesian).

Dr. Goetsch Holds a Doctorate Degree in Educational Leadership, Four Masters Degrees (Management, Human Development and Counseling, International Relations, and Educational Leadership), a Baccalaureate Degree in Business/Technical Education, and an Associate Degree in Engineering Technology. Dr. Goetsch is vice-chairman of the Florida Defense Task Force, a group of community leaders from across the state (including the Lt. Governor and members of the Florida House of Representatives and Senate) established to ensure that Florida is a military-friendly state. He is co-founder, past Chairman of the Board, and Life Board member of the Okaloosa Economic Development Council, founding board member of the Walton Economic Development Alliance, past president of the Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce, past president (twice) and Life Director of the Niceville-Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce, board member of the Crestview Chamber of Commerce, and past foundation board member of the Walton Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Goetsch has been Northwest Florida's "Economic Development Volunteer of the Year" three times (1992, 1996, and 2008).

Dr. Goetsch was America's Outstanding Technical Educator of the Year in 1984, Florida's Outstanding Technical Educator of the Year in 1986, Instructor of the Year at the University of West Florida's Fort Walton Beach Campus in 1982, 1983, 1984, and 1985, and Instructor of the Year at Northwest Florida State College (then OWJC) in 1976. In 2003, Dr. Goetsch was selected as a Distinguished Alumnus of the University of West Florida and in 2007 as one of the University's top 40 alumni during its fi rst 40 years of operation. In 2005, he received the James Campbell Community Service Award from the Niceville-Valparaiso-Bay Area Chamber of Commerce and the Spirit of Freedom Award from the Northwest Florida Daily News and its parent company, Freedom Communications, Inc. In 2009 he was recognized for "Outstanding Community Engagement" by the Carnegie Foundation.


Leadership / Supervision / Corporate Culture / Work Ethic and Entitlement Mentality / Motivation / Integrity And Ethics / Communication / Teamwork / Change Management / Performance Appraisals / Time Management / Customer Service / Attitude / Decision Making & Problem Solving / Critical Thinking / Confl ict Management / Employee Complaints / Perseverance During Adversity / Making Diversity and Asset