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As president and CEO of Goodwill Industries of North Central Wisconsin, Robert Pedersen’s career has had a significant impact on tens of thousands of individuals in the region. His contributions will be honored May 17 with an honorary doctorate from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.

“As the leader of Goodwill Industries of North Central Wisconsin, Bob has grown the organization from serving a few thousand to more than 40,000,” said Chancellor Richard H. Wells. “His impact on the region and commitment to the community has been enormous.”

Pedersen has been involved in not-for-profit organizations his entire career. He is past president and board member of Rehabilitation Facilities of Wisconsin and has been surveyor and consultant for CARF, The Rehabilitation Accreditation Commission. He is a member of the Goodwill Industries International Council of Executives, and was a finalist for the presidency of Goodwill Industries International in 2001.

Pedersen is also chair of the New North Diversity Committee and his organization was just recognized as the winner of the New North Diversity award. He serves on the College of Business Advisory Board as well. He is well known in Northeast Wisconsin as someone who gives back to his community in every way.