Many students have walked the hallways and paths of Savannah State University, forging close-knit relations that have enabled them to thrive and connect with people all over the world. This year, as Savannah State celebrates 125 years of greatness, the entire SSU community shares gratitude and love for the administrators who have tirelessly served the university, among them 40-year employee Mary Ann Goldwire.
Goldwire, a graduate of Savannah State, has spent the past four decades helping many university faculty, staff and students in a variety of capacities. Because of her dedication to ensuring student success, many can say that they feel at home on campus.
“I am humble, appreciative and grateful to be employed here at SSU this long,” she says.
Goldwire began as a secretary in the Office of Extended Service, which was a federally funded program. She then worked as a GED instructor for young mothers wanting to develop skills to obtain their degree and served a counselor for the Upward Bound program, which is part of the university’s TRIO programs.
Goldwire also worked as a reading program assistant for the Department of Special Studies, as an assistant coordinator for AMMP (Academic Mentorship Program) and most recently as coordinator for academic advisement. Today Goldwire serves as the interim director for the Center for Academic Success and is the e-Core liaison for MOWR (Move on When Ready).
“Technology for one has had a major impact and has driven a lot of the change academically,” she notes.
Goldwire says her four decades at SSU have been more than just a job.
“The most important motivation for me is seeing students walk across that stage and come back for homecoming, sharing their progress with me,” says Goldwire, who has a constant stream of student visitors in her second-floor office in Whiting Hall. “This year, one of my students brought her daughter to student orientation. Seeing her all grown up as a mother, that really makes it all worth it.”
Goldwire was a sociology major during her time at Savannah State and minored in early childhood development education. She was raised by her grandmother in Twin City, Ga, and graduated from SSU
“I guess that was my calling. Sociology is all about analyzing the importance of our personal lives and studying human interaction within a social structure,” she recalls.
She was involved on campus as well. She was a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and Pi Gamma Mu Honor Society for social science, a peer counselor with student affairs and a member of the Student Government Association.
Over the years, she has seen a number of changes at SSU, but what remains is the passion of the students on campus. “They are energetic, expressive, smart and bold! Never a dull moment.”
Goldwire has many stories to share and praises the people who have paved the way for her. “Most especially, I thank the administrators, faculty, workers, family and friends who have supported me. But most of all, the glory goes to the Lord.”
Savannah State University has produced many individuals who have gone on to do great things; Mary Ann Goldwire is one of them. After finding her path, she has ushered generations of students through college life, helping them find their own.
This story first appeared in Impressions, Fall 2015