16 Facts About James Goodnight


James Howard Goodnight was born on January 6,1943 and is an American billionaire businessman and software developer.


James Goodnight has been the CEO of SAS Institute since 1976, which he co-founded that year with other faculty members of North Carolina State University.


James Goodnight lived in Greensboro until he was 12, when his family moved to Wilmington.


James Goodnight was a member of the Beta-Beta chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon at NC State, and contributed to the construction of a new fraternity house for the chapter in 2002.


James Goodnight worked at a company building electronic equipment for the ground stations that communicated with the Apollo space capsules.


James Goodnight returned to North Carolina State University after working on the Apollo project, where he earned a PhD in statistics and was a faculty member from 1972 to 1976.


James Goodnight joined another faculty at North Carolina State in a research project to create a general purpose statistical analysis system for analyzing agricultural data.


Goodnight along with another faculty member Anthony James Barr became project leaders for the development of the early version of SAS.


James Goodnight remained CEO of SAS Institute for more than 35 years as the company grew from $138,000 its first year in business, to $420 million in 1993 and $2.43 billion by 2010.


James Goodnight has maintained a flat organizational structure with about 27 people who report directly to him and three organizational layers.


In 1981, James Goodnight was elected as a Fellow of the American Statistical Association.


James Goodnight has been a frequent speaker and participant at the World Economic Forum.


In March 2020, Jim James Goodnight was awarded a CEO Great Place to Work For All Leadership Award by Great Place to Work.


James Goodnight met his wife, Ann, while he was a senior at North Carolina State University and she was attending Meredith College.


James Goodnight has an interest in improving the state of education, particularly elementary and secondary education.


James Goodnight owns Prestonwood Country Club and The Umstead Hotel and Spa situated on the edge of the SAS campus.