Jim McClellandPresident and Chief Executive Officer
Goodwill Industries of Central Indiana, Inc.
A native of Florida, Jim began his Goodwill career in Houston. Three years later he became President and CEO of the Indianapolis-based Goodwill Industries, the fifth largest of 165 Goodwill organizations in North America.
When Jim assumed his current position in 1974, the organization had 558 employees, eight retail stores, and revenues of less than $3 million. Today, Goodwill has over 3,100 employees, 55 retail stores, 10 commercial services sites employing over 300 people, 10 charter high schools with a total of more than 3200 students, and revenues of $130 million. In the last five years alone, Goodwill has added over 1,000 jobs in central Indiana. Two-thirds of Goodwill’s employees have limited options because of a disability, felony record, low education level, or other significant barrier.
During the past decade, Goodwill has become heavily involved in efforts to help raise education attainment levels and reduce generational poverty. In 2004 the organization founded the Indianapolis Metropolitan High School, a public charter school. In September 2010, Goodwill created a unique high school, The Excel Center, to provide a diploma option for older youth and adults who left school before graduating. Responding to strong demand, The Excel Center now operates in nine central Indiana locations with a total of nearly 3,000 students. Organizations in 12 other states have taken at least the initial steps to open an Excel Center, and the first such school outside of Indiana opens this year in Austin, TX.
In 2011 Goodwill began implementing Nurse-Family Partnership, a highly effective home visitation program for first-time moms in low income households. Goodwill’s 31 registered nurses are working with 600 first-time expectant moms and new moms and over 500 babies born to date.
Throughout his career Jim has been active in the international development efforts of Goodwill Industries International and was heavily involved in starting new Goodwills in South Korea. He has also served on numerous not-for-profit boards at the local, national, and international levels and chaired several of them. He currently serves on the Board of Visitors of the Indiana University Kelley School of Business – Indianapolis, the Board of Governors of the Economic Club of Indiana, the Executive Committee of the Central Indiana Education Alliance, and the Ready-to-Learn Committee of United Way of Central Indiana. In 2009 Jim was inducted into the Central Indiana Business Hall of Fame, and in 2011 he received the Distinguished Entrepreneur Award from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University.
Jim earned a Bachelor of Industrial Engineering degree from Georgia Tech and an MBA from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. He is married to Jane, and they have two grown children.