Randy Gooch

  • Randy Gooch

    Title:  Chief Operations Officer      

    Mailing address:
    1818 West Worley Street
    Columbia, MO 65203

    Contact information:
    Phone: (573) 214-3730
    Fax: (573) 214-3401     

    Email: rgooch@cpsk12.org


    Bachelors of Science in Industrial Technology from Truman State University
    Masters of Education in Counseling from Western Kentucky State University
    Masters of Education in School Administration and an Educational Specialist degree in Educational Leadership from William Woods University. 
    Work experience:
    With more than 20 years of experience in education, I have had a variety of roles including serving as a teacher, counselor and the Director of the Hart Career Center in Mexico, MO before I joined Columbia Public Schools where I became the Director of Career, Technical and Adult Education. I am excited to say that I am starting my 8th year with Columbia Public Schools.  I also served as a Commissioned Army Officer in the late 1980's, Operation Manager for Wal-Mart Private Fleet, and owned and operated a custom millwork company.  I frequently speak and present at the local, state and national level for Career and Technical Education, and as Independent Executive Director of The John Maxwell Team.

    During my administration at the Columbia Area Career Center, it was awarded 2017 Career Center of the Year by Southern Region Education Board.

    Community service and organizations:
    I am a member of numerous organizations that support CTE at state and national levels and I serve my community as a Rotarian and I am a member and youth Sunday School teacher of my church.
    Family and interests:
    I am a husband of 29 years and a father to three daughters.  When I find the time, I enjoy bicycling with my family, building and repairing guitars, and I recently entered into the world of sidecar motorcycles.