Once or twice a month, UofL Today profiles people who help to make the university what it is. This week get to know associate provost Bob Goldstein — In Person.

Name:  Robert (Bob) Goldstein

UofL title and department: associate provost, Office of Academic Planning & Accountability (includes institutional research, institutional effectiveness and accreditation/academic programs).

At UofL since: 2004

In current post since: 2008

Hometown: Swampscott, Mass. (north of Boston)

First job and what I learned from it: Stock boy at a women’s clothing/lingerie store. I learned that I better study harder to get a scholarship for college because …. well, you know why. Also, I was an ice cream scooper at Friendly’s during summer breaks where I learned portion control. 

The thing I like most about what I do: Varied responsibilities and the ability to work with many different people within the greater UofL community. 

I am: a good person – good son, good partner and good colleague.

I never: pay full price for anything.

Guilty pleasure: potato chips, anything Italian

Favorite book: “Naked” by David Sedaris 

Favorite TV show: “Mad Men” and/or HGTV

In the car I listen to: classic rock

Favorite quote:  “Most of the shadows of this life are caused by our standing in our own sunshine.” (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

These animals share my world: two schnauzers, Seamus and Daisy

My day begins: folding laundry, serving breakfast to guests at the bed and breakfast and/or walking the schnauzers. (My partner and I have owned the Columbine Bed & Breakfast on 3rd Street since 2004. The house was built around the turn of the century and still possesses many of the fine historical features and craftsmanship that are often found in Victorian homes of that era.)

I wish I had more time to: read for pleasure or take classes at Lowe’s/Home Depot. 

When I’m not cheering for the Cards, I’m cheering for: Boston Red Sox.

Most Friday nights you’ll find me: checking the C-J for movie times.

Anything else you’d like the UofL community to know: I consider myself a ‘shoe leather’ epidemiologist. Prior to UofL, my entire professional career was in public health and I held the position of director of epidemiology & immunization at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.